Meandering through the industrial road along Keeling, what passed by us was the green scenery at both sides. We arrived at the bam boo farm soon. The farm was covered with bamboos, just like Xanadu. It wasn’t hard to see that the farm keeper, Mr. Chen is a bamboo lover.
Mr. Chen smiled at me and told that his favorite is the bamboo, which is out of style in his farm. Because of the plantation of the bamboos, digging out the bamboo shoots becomes a special activity in the farm.
Every time it attracts many adults and children to come and experience, and they find it very intriguing. Dig out the shoots in the morning and the chef will make a bamboo cuisine at the spot in noon. We can also bring the shoots we’ve pulled out back as a souvenir, feel so accomplished.
Mr. Chen told us that this was a remote area with a lot of weeds ordinarily. His ‘’moving coffee car’’ was first situated here. After gaining some recognition and good feedback, he started to design table cuisine, organizing the farm with his family and turned it into leisure farm.
He said he’d never thought about being a farmer, but as he tried to plant melons and tams, he found it interesting and feel the sense of accomplishment. Mr. Chen also has a wish that he would like to show the agriculture in Keelung and let Keelung be spotted by more and more people. He endeavors to organize the farm and plan many experience trip of the agricultural products. By using different ways to experience nature, he invites people to ‘’see’’ Keelung.
We can not only collect the bamboo shoots, there’re also many experience trip according to the four seasons. For example, we harvest the radish in Spring, see the firefly in Summer and dig the yams in Winter. The most special is that we can eat the yam cheese. Every experience trip is limited by the season, if we miss it we’ll have to wait until next year. Besides, we can experience to make the hand-made soy bean sauce, and bring a bottle back as a souvenir.
Mr. Chen said that the honey made by the farm is excellent. Especially is the red light honey based on the nectar ingredient. It tastes a little sour and sweet, in the color of amber, tend to be red. Every one who has tasted it gives it a high rank. We can not only join the process of collecting honey in the farm, we feel even closer with the land by shaving honey wax in person.
I asked Mr. Chen, ‘’Wasn’t collecting honey a little bit dangerous?’’ He told me that we have to pay attention, aware to touch bees’ territory so that they won’t attack you, they are cute. Be careful that we can’t pick up too many honey at one time. We must leave some honey for the bees, otherwise they will go on a strike. I can feel his warm through our talk, it’s also a respect for the nature.
Mr. Chen said, ‘’Collecting is we have to catch up with their time, not the bees waiting foe us.’’ This sentence talks about the relation between human and the nature. Sometimes we live in the city for a long time and we forget the blessings that our Mother Nature gives us. Only when we walk into the grass, touch our land and we think of the gift that we receive from the nature. No matter collecting yams, digging out bamboo shoots and the guiding tour, it’s also about learn from fun. At the same time we can learn to cherish, I think it’s the true meaning of farm experience.