There are so many pick your own farms throughout Texas, and one in particular in Galveston that I love to visit with my boys.
It’s a blackberry farm that reminds me of the farm my grandparents used to own in Hillsboro, a little bit wild and wooly, filled with the sounds of chickens and the smell of fruit ripening on the bush!
The produce you get from a local farm is better, bright and buoyant, like you can taste the actual sunshine that made it grow.
By combining these two elements, and using farm grown food, I am able to bring a little bit of country into my everyday life. And since I don’t have my own sprawling farm, I love to support these working farms whenever I can. It’s invigorating to par ticipate in the act of harvesting and cultivating the earth, and to support those whom make it their livelihood.
This recipe reminds me to slow down, put my hands in some soil, and connect with the blessing of harvest.
All of the ingredients in this salad were picked up that day, except this beautiful local goat cheese! In my neck of the woods we have a natural food store that sells food products from local vendors. Often these shops will carry cheese, grass-fed meat, and fresh dairy, harvested locally and ready for you to pick up in their refrigerated section!
Enjoy this Texas Farmer’s Salad with Blackberry Lavender Vinaigrette Recipe!