Saturday Jun 11 2016
Yeehaw! It’s that time of year again. Warmer weather means time to enjoy locally grown produce. And the Francis Family Farm, based out of West Jordan, Utah, is making it easier than ever to get your hands on some of the best tasting crops around.
From now through October, Farmer Steve will be at Gardner Village every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM, selling his seasonal stock of delicious, fresh-from-the-garden delights.
Right now, the fresh offerings include radishes, baby beets, romaine lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, and snow peas.
Next up: tomatoes. You’ll see new options added every few weeks as things ripen.
Steve is so friendly and quick to offer helpful tips and suggestions for preparing the produce. One such tip he shared was that beet greens, shown here, are the often referred to as the new super food. Being loaded with protein, phosphorus, zinc, antioxidants, and other vitamins means it helps ward off osteoporosis, boost bone strength, and may even play a role in fighting alzheimer’s. Seems like a super reason to pick some up to me.
Another super reason? You simply can’t beat homegrown. That extra fresh flavor is second to none.
For added excitement, Steve has parked his very cool 1978 Ford LaFrance fire truck next to his produce stand. It makes an excellent photo backdrop. With July 4th just around the corner, it seems the perfect time to dress the family up in your best red, white, and blue, and come for a photo with this piece of American history (that was actually a working member of the Payson fire department through 2015!).
Of course, Cowboy Gil and the rest of The Farm staff are happy to add to that farm feeling with rides around The Village and their delightful petting zoo.
Y’all come on down to The Village now, ya hear?