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

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Grapes And Greats


At some point during the cider making process I wandered over to the nearby Grape vine to see if there were any Grapes left. Dad had mentioned to me earlier that he had picked the Grapes and made Grapejuice, but I was hoping there were some left in the hard-to-reach places....and I wasn't disappointed!

I had Ben and Emily pick a few so they could taste some grapes fresh off the vine....

I told them to wallow the Grapes around in their mouths and then spit out the peelings and seeds.....

I heard Ben say something like, "WOW!...these grapes are so sweet.....and they don't taste like anything I've ever tasted before!" I told him that it wasn't surprising..... that the vine was very old.... that it's an heirloom variety.....and that the Grapes you buy at the grocery store have been hybridized over and over for premium shelf life and appearance so they taste completely different. My Dad says that the vine has been growing there for longer than he can remember.

So the kids got enthused and started clipping and clipping and they ended up clipping about 15 gallons of Grapes and my Dad helped them make Grape juice!

Fresh Grape Juice is so delicious!


My parents have 4 great-grandchildren....they are all my Brother's grandchildren....which makes them my greats!  The greats call me GAL (aka Great Aunt Lori).

  On cider-making day they could be found all over the farm.....under, on top of, and running through!

And Gramma-Great was the official baby holder....

They're pretty great!