Friday, May 6, 2011

Strawberry Season

May-Early June is Strawberry Season here. In fact, there is a Strawberry Festival going on this weekend. I received an email from a friend with little kids that she was heading over to a local farm to pick her own berries with the kids this morning and thought that would be a fun Sydney and Mom activity.

It was only about 5 minutes away from home, tucked in between suburban neighborhoods!

Strawberries are $2.09/lb and chasing the chickens is free. ;) There was a white hen that kept escaping the plastic fencing. We named her Houdini.

Turns out this little perfectionist is a REALLY awesome berry picker!

She loved every minute!

I don't think I've ever had fresh-picked Strawberries before, but they taste SO different from store-bought. I think I will have to go back again a time or two before the season ends.

Here are my tips:

*Go EARLY! We showed up around 9:15 and there were only a handful of people there. By 10 the parking lot was FULL! (we picked all the good berries by then)

*Explain very clearly what is a RIPE berry and what is NOT to your helpers. You pay for whatever they pick. ;)

*If you are planning to dip them in chocolate (don't judge me), pick them with a long stem. Super fancy!

It's ALMOST summer, bring on the berries and melon!

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