We have been having lots of rain in these parts recently, but we saw that on Saturday we would be having some really nice weather and wanted to make the most of it. I checked around a bit and found an orchard about an hour north of us that had just opened for strawberry season! We have had a great time picking apples, so we decided to give it a try.
We left home at about 9:30 and actually ran a few errands (stopping by the drycleaners and the bank), and were picking berries by 11:00.
A picture of actually right before we left. Not crowded at all. It was really nice to get out into what I would consider is the country.
Nice and neat rows. I love that about farms. Also, it was so easy for the girls to navigate the rows on their own. I think they enjoyed this more than apple picking since they didn’t need much help.
I honestly think Ten had the most fun. He was off picking berries before we had even made it to the field. Haha. Mia even told him to wait for us. I definitely always admire his enthusiasm for these sorts of outings.
Emi was determined to carry her own basket. She filled it up in no time picking the reddest berries she could find.
Mia picked a lot also. At one point she noticed if she squeezed on the berries then the juice would run out. Needless to say, we took home quite a few bruised berries.
Near the end, the girls started eating the berries. I had told them not to, but by this point they were so hot and tired. I don’t think they could could resist anymore, so we had to get them out of there.
They would say “taaasty” before grabbing another strawberry to eat.
Me in the Gap shirt behind the girls. Seriously didnt even think to dress weather appropriately. It was over 80F and here I am in all black. Will take more time for myself next time…ha.
Leaving the strawberry field. Everyone hot but happy.
Weighing and paying. Strawberries were $3.25 per pound plus $1.50 for the tray. Very reasonable for where we live. We ended up with 9 pounds of strawberries!
Silly face before leaving.
Mia looking really hot. She had a hat, sunscreen, and lots to drink. She is just the type of kid that gets very rosy very fast in the heat.
After we loaded back into the car (we were out for about 45 min), we gave the girls some cold juice and Ten and I had Vitamin Water. We had plans for lunch but no one was very hungry after the heat, so we decided to just drive home. After the air was going and the girls were cooing down, they each had a small bag of chips to snack on.
These strawberries are so good. We have already eaten two cartons. The girls and I had some on a picnic today. I made stuffed French toast for Ten’s breakfast, and a strawberry dessert was on the menu for dinner. Tomorrow will be smoothies! No waste here.
Simple lunch at home after a morning out.
We had such a nice time here and will definitely be back for blueberries….though maybe not 9 lbs worth!