UPick – Vegetables fresh from the Farm
UPick or The Farmacy is a farm located on 100 acres in Tucker Valley, Chaguaramas. What makes it different is that you have the option to go into the fields and pick your produce. The thought of treading along rows of crops really is not my thing especially in this dry season and probably worse in rainy season but I understand that some of you might think it would be fun. It really is a family type of activity. You can throw your kid in the trolley, head out and have them pick their dinner. One mother said her kid was more willing to eat what he picked.
Luckily for me, they have a stocked veggie mart and on the two occasions that I have visited I have not had to pick anything. The veggie mart is not huge but well stocked. It is also quite breezy and cool. There tends to be a good selection of local vegetables available. While most are grown on the farm they do sell vegetables from other local farms. They also have a selection of imported vegetables in chillers, some frozen fish, shrimp and sundry other items such as pepper sauces.
The local vegetables are not cheap. If you are accustomed to Central Market prices then maybe you should go back there. The prices of the local vegetables are cheaper than chain supermarkets. The prices of the imported vegetables are maybe a little cheaper or on par with the chain supermarkets. I did not compare anything else because we really came for vegetables and fruit.
What I liked most about the produce was the quality. I am fed up of having to dig through bins of soft half rotten vegetables. These bins were full of healthy, full and ripe vegetables and fruit. I have never had to put aside anything. Even the onions were all nice and firm. Thus far the star of my purchases has to be their corn. OMG the sweetest corn I have ever tasted in Trinbago. Healthy, yellow kernels from top to toe. Apparently they grow Canadian sweet corn. Love it!
Not sure that the produce is organic. They make no claim to be organic but rather indicate that the farm uses a “an integrated pest management system that combines a number of techniques”. That’s as much as I could glean. They do clearly state that they do not use genetically modified seeds.
The farm is located off The Tucker Valley main road. There is a huge sign which you cannot miss. Open Tuesday to Saturday 7.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and Sundays 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Parking is easy but be warned the parking area is paved with huge “lava” like rocks which for the mobility challenged could prove difficult. The coffee shop does not have very much available. You might want to try the boiled peanuts. They were OK.
Tours are available daily for groups and individuals please contact them to arrange. This could be a great learning experience for your school.