We were instantly greeted by the jovial married couple, Steve and Kristine Orth, who owns and runs Eden Creek Farms. They are clearly in love with each other and their work. Everything from the care of their home to the care of their fields was beautiful.
They offered us steaming cups of fine South Pacific coffee as we sat in their warm living room filled with the scent of incense. The cozy wood stove and earthy colors were the perfect backdrop to the overcast morning.
We then began a tour of their farm so we could see all the amazing produce grown there, including the cleared land that is ready for new fall crops to be planted. In our Crocs, boots, and tennis shoes, we began traipsing through the forest, led by Maya, the German Shepherd. But Maya was only the first of the characters...we were soon introduced to Squeaky the pet squirrel. Kristine Orth rescued him as a baby, and he now lives in a spacious cage with his stuffed animals under a horse apple (bodark) tree. He also enjoys belly rubs.
We continued our walk, pausing to stoop down and pick some tart wild plums or sweet wild persimmons. A master gardener specializing in edible landscaping, Steve Orth would tear leaves off various plants, hand them to us, and say, “Here taste it! What does it taste like?” as he awaited our answer in childlike expectation. Just some of the goodies we sampled: lemon mint, edible hibiscus that tasted like fresh oranges, purple basil, gourmet cucumber, and gourmet salad greens.
Everything on their farm is grown 100% organically and never touched by chemicals
One of the great things about working with a local farm is the close relationship we can develop with the farmers. Eden Creek is going to be growing some items especially for our co-op! We can't wait to start sharing their farm-fresh bounty with our community!