It is so nice to get out of the city once in a while and get some fresh air. This weekend we headed up to Mlango Farm with friends and family to pick some veggies, tour the farm, and enjoy lunch in the garden.
Mlango Farm is located in Ngecha Village, just 40 minutes outside Nairobi. Els and Kamande are wonderful hosts, greeting us when we arrived with homemade rhubarb cake, coffee, tea and fresh strawberry juice. The house is full of art, collected from various artists throughout Kenya and further afield.
After enjoying our snack, Els took us on a tour of the 20 acre farm. Els and Kamande moved to the farm in 2007, when the land was nothing but brush. They have since cleared much of the land, tilled it, and cultivated it with plants, vegetables and fruit trees. The farm is lovely, truly beautiful to behold. Row upon row of cabbage, kale, Swiss chard, lettuce, and dozens upon dozens of other fruits and vegetables. We walked around the farm for ages, wandering amongst the rows, picking fresh veggies to take with us. Claire probably ate her weight in fresh strawberries, picked as we roamed the fields.
After walking through the farm, we returned to the main house for a homemade lunch in the garden. On the menu were rosemary focaccia bread, butternut soup, quiche, and several salads. For desert, chocolate cake served with tea and coffee. After our massive (and delicious!) meal, we wandered back up to the house to pick up some fresh strawberry jam and dried lemon verbena to take home with us.
We really loved our visit, and we will definitely be back! If you wish to visit Mlango Farm yourself, you can contact Els and Kamande via the Mlango Farm Facebook page or website to make a booking. At the time of publishing, farm tours cost 1,500 KSH per person (half price for children, and kids under the age of 3 are free). Make sure to pack a sun hat, sunscreen, and a bag or basket to carry your hand picked veggies home in!