Many a city dweller can tell the story of their child or a friend’s child saying that their food comes from the grocery store. Cute, and true, to some extent. But of course we adults know it had to originate somewhere else first. Now children can have fun finding out how their food goes from farm to table.
Too Too Organic Farm, located in Pinggu County, 70 kilometers from Beijing, is the source of fresh and healthy produce that is sold at several eponymous grocery stores throughout the city or is available through their website for delivery to your doorstep.
For an alternative birthday celebration, now that the weather is getting warmer and spring has sprung, why not plan a half day at the 70-hectare farm? Let your child and their friends go with the farm team to visit some of their 120 greenhouses where organic produce is grown, and see the pigs, goats, and free-range chickens being fed. As they go on a private tour of the farm, your little explorers will learn about what it takes to grow fruit, vegetables, and grain organically before it ends up on the grocery shelves.
Meeting and interacting with the farmers is also a great opportunity to show your kids the faces behind their food. Promoting cooperative farming, and encouraging families to purchase from
local growers, becomes a lesson in giving back to the community. End the visit with a farm-fresh meal for your group, and you will have given your birthday celebrant a special memory.
Too Too organizes farm visits for groups of 20 people every second Saturday of the month from 10am to 2pm. If you would like to have your child’s birthday celebration there, and enjoy exclusive use of the farm, contact Too Too directly for a quotation, and to discuss the menu. Don’t forget to mention if you need their tour to be conducted in English.
Too Too Organic Farm 沱沱工社
Every second Saturday from 10am-2pm. Ma Changying Village, Ma Changying Town, Pinggu District. (Birthday party bookings and detailed directions, Li Jun 135 5214 2991 (English or Chinese)) http://en.tootoo.cn 平谷区马昌营镇马昌营村
This article originally appeared on page 15 of the beijingkids March 2016 issue. Click here to read the issue for free on Issuu.com. To find out how you can get your own copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos: Courtesy of Too Too