Picking Your Own Fruits And Vegetables At CSI


By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Local crops are starting to show the signs of harvest.

And over at the College of Southern Idaho, the annual U-Pick Garden is ready for customers.

Going on its 6th year, the CSI U-Pick Garden is going strong.

It originally started out as a small berry patch for the students.

But over the years, it has grown to encompass anything and everything you would want to find in your local produce section.

"We provide three different types of raspberries... we have red raspberries, purple raspberries and golden raspberries. We have a few grapes in our vineyard in the back. We have produce vegetables of all types... sweet corn, we have a few potatoes, peppers, squash, apples... we have a few apples in our orchard over here," explains Jim Wilson, CSI Agriculture Department.

The garden is designed to give the students of the CSI Agriculture Department a chance to learn the economic aspect of the farm.

But it's also much more then that.

"The students do all aspects of this... from tilling the land to laying the plastic to planting the plants to harvest to retail selling of the produce. The students do all aspects of it," Wilson says.

But as the garden grew, the picking became too much for just the students.

And that's when the u-pick aspect took over.

"It's open to anybody that wants to come out and pick their own produce. Bring your kids; they can eat all they want... we don't care. It's a good experience for them," Wilson says.

For one of those residents taking advantage of the program, she says it's getting hands on with her family’s food that makes it more than just a fun experience.

"I've been bringing my daughter for a couple of years now. We just think it's fun to come out and pick berries... She gets to help and probably eats as many as she picks. They just love to come out and pick and help. And I think that when they are active in the picking of their food, they enjoy it more and it's good for them," explains Jessie Mulvaney, local u-picker.

Good for your families and good for the CSI Agriculture Department.

With all of the money raised going right back to the garden for next year, the u-pick garden is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays... from 8 to 1.

You can pick berries for 3 dollars and 50 cents a pound.

In about three weeks, most of the produce will be ready for harvest, and you can pick that up for the low price of 75 cents a pound.

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