Sweet Pea’s Garden in Palisade practices natural growing for weekly crops
WHAT: Sweet Pea’s Garden
WHEN: Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: 719 35.8 Road, Palisade
COST: $20 for regular baskets, $12 for small
There’s a red mystery vegetable served with your plate of greens at a friend’s dinner party. To spare being rude, you dive in. The tasty surprise is a turnip from Sweet Pea’s Garden in Palisade (719 35.8 Road). The recipe is likely from Sweet Pea’s, too.
Owner Calli Ferber throws in a dash of education with her vegetables, sharing tips and recipes with her weekly high-quality produce baskets.
“It pushes people to try new things,” Ferber said.
Alyssa Wilson, a regular customer, appreciates Ferber’s hands-on approach to selling items like turnips, beets, and radishes.
“I had never done turnips before, and my family ended up loving them,” Wilson said.
Ferber also cultivates Sweet Pea’s Garden on her own, growing on one and a half acres, while also tending to her 2-year-old daughter, Penelope. The small farm opened two years ago as a result of Ferber, a horticulture enthusiast, not finding a suitable day-care option for her Sweet Pea (Penelope’s nickname).
According to SweetPeasGarden.com, Ferber holds a degree in horticulture and she offers plenty of agricultural experience, including work on an organic herb farm, a wholesale tree farm and a retail garden center. Most recently, she managed the perennial program at a wholesale greenhouse in Palisade. Although she loved growing flowers, her heart and the health of her family inspired her to grow food instead.
HOW SWEET PEA’S GARDEN WORKS
Sweet Pea’s Garden harvests readily available crops on a weekly basis — free of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or insecticides. Ferber then bundles available produce to create baskets chock full of items like lettuce, tomatoes, turnips, and herbs (like dill and basil).
According to Ferber, she regularly adds interested customers to her mass email list. Then each Monday, she sends out a fresh list of produce items available for purchase. Those who are interested should respond by email to reserve fresh vegetables. Pick-up typically occurs on Fridays between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the farm.
“Regular-sized” baskets cost $20 and feed three to four people, while small baskets cost $12 and feeds one to two people.
For folks on the opposite side of the valley, Sweet Pea’s Garden produce is also available at Roan Creek Ranch Grocery in Fruita.
“She’s a mom with her children’s best interest is at heart,” Wilson said. “I’m glad someone has the same ideals as I do and able to put it into action.”
For more information, visit http://www.sweetpeasgarden.com.
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