Posted by May 23, 2008on
A lettuce farm just at the south of Manila? You must be kidding me! In my entire lifetime, I really thought that this crunchy salad greens are grown only in the cool and breezy province of Benguet especially in the area of La Trinidad.
But I got the shock of my life when we recently went to Yoki’s Farm somewhere in Cavite. Just a few steps after entering the gates of Yoki’s Lettuce Farm, you will be greeted with several pieces of Buddha and other Oriental sculpted pieces. And the first to greet you is the 30-foot Buddha sitting in a lotus position, smiling. What a lovely collection! There were dragons, Fu Dogs, Buddha in sitting and standing positions.
The compound has a large area designated for orchids. There were a lot Dancing Ladies! I really love them so much. Upon close-up inspection, the flower looks like a lady in a yellow skirt, as if dancing to a melody.
But the secret of Yoki’s farm has yet to be uncovered. It’s right at the other end of the compound: its large Lettuce Farm.
Unlike the vegetable farms in Benguet, Yoki Farm is using the hydroponics technique. This means that the roots of the lettuce plants have never touched the soil. It gets it nutrients from the water where the lettuce plant is soaked.
I have seen at least three varieties of Lettuce in Yoki’s Farm perfect for that fresh and crunchy vegetable salad. The lettuce farm in Cavite grows the Green Ice, Romaine and the Lola Rosa variety.
Green Ice lettuce is I guess perfect for sandwiches. I’d definitely love to have my early morning chicken sandwich stuffed with fresh Green Ice Lettuce. Romaine and Lola Rosa is great for salads. Romaine is I guess the more expensive variety. While the Lola Rosa is preferred because of its color.
I wonder why they don’t have my favourite variety, the Iceberg lettuce. Or does it only grow in areas with cool climate like in Benguet and the Cordillera region?
The tour to Yoki’s Farm is Part of our Secrets of the South Media tour by Verdana Homes Mamplasan, organized by Geiser Maclang. Thanks so much!
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