We went to pick strawberries today and everybody had a blast. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need to go pick strawberries, because my own strawberry plants would be heavy with red, ripe strawberries. Alas, I do not live in an ideal world. My plants are not producing much, so we did the next best thing and went to a local u-pick farm.
The kids think we did it just for the fun, which is honestly the truth, but I do love it when they learn while having fun. Of course, my older children didn’t really need to learn about plant life cycles and so forth. Instead they came home and spent the afternoon researching various ways to prepare strawberries (while leaving plenty to eat). So now we have fresh strawberry cupcakes and muffins and tomorrow will be making freezer jam and strawberry ice cream. All in all, they spent the entire day and evening immersed in picking and working with strawberries and know more about strawberries, strawberry foods, and strawberry lore than most people ever want to know.
I thought I would post a link to a wonderful resource for people interested in picking their own produce. This site has a list of u-picks, organized by state and county. The wonderful thing about the site is that they have u-picks that don’t have websites (yes, there are still places that don’t have websites!), which you may not be able to find out about by doing an internet search. There are also some comments, which have been extremely helpful for us.