POSTED: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 4:42pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 9:05am
LA UNION- A farm in New Mexico is opening its garden to the public for the second year in a row.
It’s a unique shopping experience where you get to pick your own vegetables straight from the source.
It does not look anything like the produce section at the grocery store, but at a five-acre field in La Union, New Mexico, you can load up on fresh vegetables and fruit.
"We have seasonal, fresh vegetables that are grown here in our farm," said Lucy Sondgeroth.
For the second year, Sondgeroth and her husband have opened the "U Pick Garden" where you will find around 20 different vegetables, from corn to eggplant to different kinds of chiles and squash, along with watermelons and cantaloupes. She says you cannot beat the taste of the home-grown produce picked straight from the source.
"Whatever is grown here on the farm tastes 10 times better than whatever you buy that is mass-produced in big farms out in who knows," said Lucy.
Lucy says the prices are pretty reasonable for the quality you get. "All our squash is 75 cents a lb. Our fresh, beautiful corn, we sell it at 3 for a dollar,” said Lucy. "All the chile is also 75 cents a lb."
If you pick your own fruits and vegetables, you can get a percentage off if you spend at least $10, but if you'd rather not come out here, you can always get your fruits and vegetables, from one of these bushel baskets.
Lucy says there's no other "U Pick farm" that she knows of in this area, so she says during certain weekends, the farm fills up with customers.
"It’s the perfect location because we're in between Las Cruces and El Paso. People from New Mexico can come. People from the Texas side can come," she said.
Lucy says the three workers who tend to the garden use minimal pesticides in order to have the healthiest and freshest taste for customers. "You’re going to be buying something that's locally grown and helps our economy and also you're gonna get a product that is tasty, that is fresh and that is healthy for your family," said Lucy.
La Union Maze is located at 1101 New Mexico Highway 28. The garden is open Saturdays and Sundays through mid September from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.launionmaze.com