There are times that I long to live in a larger city- one full of places to go, things to do and food to eat. I sometimes get caught in this and instead of going out and finding cute places near me to make me love the area we are in, I sit at home and dream up what it would be like to live in that larger city. Since I started dating Dave though I have been introduced to so many new places that I had never even known about, thanks to his wonderful parents.
This past weekend Emmet and I joined Dave's parents (sans Dave- he slept in) on an adventure to Elderslie Farm in Kechi, Kansas, one of these Kansas wonders I have never heard of before. Just 20 minutes from us and it is the most adorable farm with blackberry brambles for the picking and an adorable little cafe for snacking. They even host farm to table meals and sell beautiful woodwork! I am in love!
We drove up in the morning on Saturday morning, Dave's parents, grandparents, and Dave's mom's friend, Patty. We followed a few cars down a small country road and a few cars were following us- all headed towards the blackberry brambles for a day of picking. I was shocked at the number of people that new about this place I had never heard of! A guy directed us towards the gravel parking lot filled with cars, where we parked and wandered onto the farm. Our first stop was to the Bramble cafe. There were tables covered with white tablecloths and flowers under a big beautiful wood awning where we joined a line full of people to get our breakfast. We ordered locally roasted coffee, handmade scones, blackberries and granola, and carrot cakes- all served on perfect white dishes to create the most adorable little breakfast in the warm Kansas breeze.
We hadn't reserved a picking spot, so we just tagged along on a wagon ride out to the brambles. The wagon filled up with people of all ages, all headed out to fill their little white buckets full of berries that would turn in to pies, tarts, or scones, or just get eaten on the way home. We rode along a little dirt road and watched the first people get off and a new group get back on. One little kid looked over at us with his face as purple as could be from stuffing blackberries into his little mouth- it made me so excited to take Emmet out there again someday when he is a little bit older!
David hasn't stopped hearing about our trip since we got home. I fell in love with that little farm and that life that they live. Growing and picking berries all day and whipping them up into sweet little pastries on their adorable farm in the country. It made me love the small town that we live in and cute things around us, like this little farm! I will have to keep exploring and finding new places, until then Dave and I will have to go back there someday- perhaps to one of their farm to table dinners and of course when Emmet is old enough to scramble around and pick!