Lake Forest Farm is McKinney’s family-owned urban farm and event venue paving the way in the industry of hyper-local sustainable agriculture. The farm is located off of Lake Forest Drive, just north of the Baylor Medical Center in McKinney. What makes this farm unique is that owner Ron Ryan and his friend Mel Becker have built their own ecosystem in the form of aquaponics. Aquaponics is a sustainable method of food production system that combines an aquaculture (raising fish in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a codependent environment.
On Thursday, October 3 the farm celebrated the the grand opening of its on-site farm stand.
The event included live music by Wesley Ballard and a large selection of produce and other products for sale by Earth-On-Tap and The Chiropractic Villa who offered samples of the products and services that they provide.
The Farm Stand, located at 3355 Ryan Trail, McKinney, Texas 75071, boast a bountiful display of organic produce grown and harvested from Lake Forest Farm, Sunny Side Up Farms, Sky View Farm and Stonebranch MicroFarm. The stand is open Thursday’s from 4:00 P.M. to sunset and Saturdays from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
If you are interested in an environmentally responsible alternative to the produce that you might purchase from a grocery store be sure to stop by the farm and check things out. You can’t beat the feeling of being able to purchase herbs and produce right next to the garden (or aquaponics greenhouse) it was grown in or getting fresh eggs from the free roam chickens running around.
The following is what’s available this week:
Herbs $2.00 per bag
Spaghetti squash $5.00
Green and Purple Eggplant $2.00 per ½ pint basket
Cucumbers Large $2.00 each Medium $1.00 each Pickling 4 for $1.00
Okra $2.00 per bag
Yellow Squash $2.00 per bag
Malabar Spinach $2.00 per bag
Zucchini $2.00 each for large or $2.00 per bag for small
Lacinto Kale $3.00 per bunch
Swiss Chard $2.00 per bunch
Turnip Greens $1.00 per bunch
Onions Large $2.00 each Small 2 for $1.00
Garlic Large $2.00 each Small $1.00 each
Meyer Lemons & Figs 2 for $1.00
Floral Bouquets $6.00 each
Jalapeno & Poblano Peppers ½ pints $2
Free range eggs $6.00 per dozen
Photos by TSB’s Sawyer Erickson