THE U-PICK GARDEN IS OPEN!!!! 12:00-6:30 MONDAY-SATURDAY. COME ON OUT AND PICK RHUBARB, LEMON SORREL, KALE, RADISHES, PEA PODS, BROCCOLI, CAULIFLOWER, FENNEL, CARROTS, CABBAGE, BASIL, BABY BEETS, KOHLRABI, MINT, ARUGULA, AND TURNIPS!

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Lori Adams
P O Box 6021
Sitka, Alaska
99835


Down To Earth U-Pick Garden is located at 2103 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka, Alaska. It is open usually from mid-June through late August. Hours are Monday-Saturday 11:00 to 6:00. On Farmer's Market Saturdays I am not open until 3:00. Children are welcome but may not run through the garden or chase the ducks. If you have any questions you can contact me, Lori Adams, at 907-747-6108 or 907-738-2241. My email address is downtoearthupick@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Day 13

On day 13 we headed North to my home town, Albany, Oregon....and farm country.


We knew we could only be there for one day, so we tried to see everybody and do everything all at once  There were people to see, places to go, and things to do!!

I visited with my family on the front porch of my parent's house....


And I got to see all of my greats...


While Mr. Adams drove the combine for my Dad, harvesting Fescue grass seed.



My Dad also has an extraordinarily beautiful stand of Wheat this year...



Isn't that gorgeous?


And then I took some of the greats down to my Brother, Brian and Sister-in-law, Kelley's house to see all of the free range chickens.....


The Greats love the chickens...


Look at Christian! His head is buried in the feed bag!


I was giving Kelley a hard time about how many chickens they have....I told her that she was going to have baby chicks all over the place soon. And then I came home,,, and found out that I have 3 ducks sitting on eggs in my weedy/brushy patches.... I guess that "She who laughs last, laughs best." I shouldn't have teased her!

Dad took Mr. Adams and I across the highway to the fruit and vegetable farm to pick up some Strawberries....


There's only enough room for 2 people in the cab of the truck, so Mr. Adams rode in the back.


Yummy!


Look at that.....my first Produce payload!!


It was a busy, wonderful day!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Day 12

We've been home in Sitka now for about 3 days and I've been swamped trying to catch up on things here, but I haven't quite finished telling our road trip story....I'm a little behind!

We spent day 12 in Creswell, Oregon with my Mother and Father in-law, Lyle and Lorene.


Big Mr. Adams is just as handy as little Mr. Adams, and he has a shop, so after we let him take the truck for a spin we put him to work on a project!

When we bought the truck it only had one small, round side mirror on the driver's side.


The mirror was cool because it was original, but it was too small and I didn't feel safe changing lanes and backing up, so we bought a larger, rectangular mirror at an auto parts store.


What a difference!! The only thing that would make it better was if there was one on the passenger side too. We bought a second mirror and I figured maybe someday I would shop online to find another original bracket.

But better yet, if you have 2 handy guys and a welder, they can make one themselves!!


First, we draped the truck with rugs to protect it.


I'm not as handy as the guys, but I tried to be helpful....



Then, little Mr. Adams welded on the bracket.


Beautiful!


Looks kind of like a kick-stand for a bike!


After cleaning up the weld with a wire brush....


We installed the passenger side mirror. How awesome is that?!?!

Thanks, Mr. Adams!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Day 11

Day 11 was a LONG day...we put on a lot of miles and visited a lot of friends and family. Oregon is our home state, so we still have quite a few contacts there.

The first thing on the agenda was to top off the truck with more coolant.


It was low after the thermostat replacement project the night before.


 And then we hit the road....


....headed for Mr. Adams' other brother Stan's house in Christmas Valley, Oregon where we were able to catch up with numerous friends and relatives.


Check out Stan's gigantic woodstove that he built in his shop....


It's taller than Mr. Adams! Adams' always do things in a big way.

And then we were off again....down the road to Fort Rock.


In Fort Rock there is a nice little collection of old buildings that were salvaged for museum purposes. The perfect setting for a photo shoot. Check out these beautiful photos that Mr. Adams took for me. Some in color....



And some in black and white.



That was fun!

And then we were back on the road again...and as we headed out of the valley toward Bend the landscape changed dramatically with the sudden addition of lots of tall Pine trees.


It was another hot day, so the shade from the trees felt really nice. In Bend we had dinner with Mr. Adams' Mom, Duella and her husband, Gary.


And then, finally, we headed over the Cascade Mountain Range for the Willamette Valley where we stopped for the night Creswell. Even though were not able to stay in any one spot today for very long, we had a lot of fun and were glad that we could see so many people.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Day 10

On day 10, as we drove through Nevada we saw lots of sagebrush....


It had been raining, so the sagebrush looked really green and black.


As we entered Oregon we saw some more sagebrush....and some deer, and some pronghorn antelope, and this horse....


He looked a little rough around the edges.


I drove quite a bit of the time so Mr. Adams could look at Oregon Fish and Game maps....



As we neared Lakeview, Oregon we finally started to see trees, water. green grass, and cows mixed in with the sagebrush.


Then we stopped in Valley Falls, Oregon to visit Mr. Adams' brother Tim and his wife Sue.


Tim just built a new shop, so the guys couldn't wait to get the truck in there to start tinkering with it. First they took apart the passenger door to work on the window that was not working exactly right...


And then they replaced the thermostat because they thought the old one was sticking a bit too much. It sure is nice to have handy men in the family!






Friday, July 11, 2014

Day 9

Today we saw a whole lot of nothing......miles and miles of nothing.


At least the weather was nice. We were expecting a scorcher, but the clouds rolled in and it rained off and on, which brought the temperature down nicely.


Little towns are scattered here and there in the nothingness, and in almost every town we see old trucks.....so we started taking photos of them.


This truck is the same model as mine!!  As soon as we stopped to take photos, Bill, the owner, came down to visit with us. (He's on the left) He told us that he is the great, great, grandson of Jeremiah Johnson! How cool is that?


I absolutely love the patina on his truck!


He also had this GMC pickup...


And this great  Chevrolet car.


Further down the road we saw this Ford flatbed truck...


And this red beauty.


Check out the horns on the front!


We saw lots and lots of other cool trucks, but didn't get close enough for good photos.


All in all it was another great day!


Goodnight from Winnamucca, Nevada!