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Trip to a Filipino Vegetable Farm
August 31, 2017
My dad is a hard working man, and very much an inspiration for me. He works a lot, but on those days that he has off, he likes to spend time with my mom, going off on their little adventures around town, and then when I get home, mom shows me pictures and multiple selfies of herself and my dad at some fun location they visited. They're seriously so cute and sweet. Now on occasion, I like to tag along on those mini adventures.
On this little trip, after a little stressed-out moment of taking Max to the vet (he's fine now), we decided to de-stress and head on over to Judy's Tropical Garden - a local Filipino family-owned 30-acre farm in Markham.
They grow all kinds of veg from the more familiar bell peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, corn, as well as some Filipino-recognized ones like 'ampalaya' (bitter gourd), okra, 'saluyot' (Egyptian spinach), 'sitaw' (long beans), 'kalabasa' (squash), and many more.
My mom had a hankering for 'mungo' and 'dinuguan' and 'pakbet' and wanted to grab all that she needed, freshly picked by herself and my dad, and I just wanted to tag along and pretty much just take pictures and document their cute little old people adventure (don't tell them I said that 😉), and yes, perhaps pick a few veg myself.
Mom picked some hot peppers to add to her 'dinuguan'.
Dad got 'ampalaya' a.k.a bitter melon, as well as the leaves to add to the 'mungo'. And yes, he was very excited about his haul.
So on they went, picking leaves and an assortment of vegetables, while I documented all the fun things I saw - baby eggplants and bitter melon, giant Hungarian peppers, little cherry tomatoes, and green finger chiles.
I also got to capture some hungry caterpillars, cute lady bugs and beetles, and some naughty little critters in the bushes.
I also just got to enjoy the beautiful scenery and see how much fun my parents were having too. Rows upon rows of picture-perfect veg!
All in all, that little trip was a boat-load of fun. My mom was able to get everything she needed to make some delicious Filipino fare and I got a bit of a tan. I definitely can't wait for the next family adventure.
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