THE U-Pick GARDEN will be closing August 20th. This will be the last year the garden will be open to the public. Next year I'll be operating as a CSA, supplying about 20 regular customers with weekly boxes. Thank you for your support over the last 8 years, but it's time to try something new.

To get a copy of my book, "How To Grow Vegetables In Sitka, Alaska" just give me a call....The books are $20 plus tax. If you live out of town and want me to mail you a copy, you can mail a check for $25.60 to:

Lori Adams
P O Box 6021
Sitka, Alaska

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 12:00 to 6:30. On Farmer's Market Saturdays I am not open until 2:00. 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

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Customer Appreciation

I love my customers!!!  They make the garden successful, they make it fulfilling, they make it worth it all!
I love how the children light up when they pull a carrot or eat a pea pod...

 I love how when I am gone my customers help themselves and leave the money...I find money tucked here and there with notes saying what they bought....

I love that they bring me egg cartons and strawberry baskets...and sometimes they even bring mefood that they've made from produce they've picked from my garden...spinach salad....cake....and one wonderful lady even brought me some chicken vegetable soup when she knew I was sick!  Wasn't that nice?

  I love that when people come the first time they don't have any idea how to pick, but after a visit or two they show pride and empowerment....they walk in with confidence and pick what they need without help....

 I love that my customers notice changes I've made and comment on the progress of the vegetables' growth....

 I love that my customers are delighted with the garden...even when it's raining!....there is always visiting and laughter, exchanges of information, sharing of starts and seeds, questions and's what I call networking and community...

I love how the garden has given me the opportunity to meet so many new people!  People that I now consider friends...

But what I love the most is when a customer thanks me...It really means alot to me....they notice the work and love that goes into the garden and they look me in the eye and get serious and say, "Thank you.  Thank you for doing this for us."

Thankyou Sitka!


  1. I just love this!! Someday they'll probably have a statue of you in Sitka. Or build a park and name it after you.

  2. I agree Melissa!!! Lori is one fabulous lady with so many GREAt qualities!! I am so blessed to have her as one of my sweet friends. I have learned so much from her.