One of the reasons I started this blog was to show people that you can do/achieve anything, no matter your income or social standing. My “DONE” series features Bucket List items I’ve done/achieved. They may vary in size and importance but the message I always want readers to leave with is that they too can achieve their dreams.
Long, long ago, The Boof and I went berry picking. As we meandered through the fields, we dreamed of taking our future children berry picking with us one day. There isn’t anything particularly exciting or adventurous about berry picking. However, that afternoon I went home and wrote “pick berries with my children” on my bucket list. Being out in nature, sneaking a taste of berries, and spending less than $10, made me want to share this experience.
Luckily, we live in a county that is known for it’s strawberry and raspberry fields. Our favorite local farm, Underwood Family Farms, features a PYO (Pick Your Own) program nearly all year. So in mid June, we finally committed to taking the girls for some berry picking. Like I said, it’s not all that exciting but there are ways you can make it fun.
First, know that my kids are four and one years old. I’m sure my one year old didn’t know what was going on, but it was a great opportunity to introduce berries with small tastes. My four year old on the other hand had a number of questions. I plan on taking them again either later this year or next.
Things I Plan To Do Differently
1. In the weeks or days leading up to our trip to the farm, start pointing out strawberry fields we pass on our trips to and from school.
2. Research some fun facts about strawberries. I found this great interactive link for kids age 5-12.
3. Look for recipes to make with your berry pickings. Find one that would excite your child. The great thing about berries is that they are delicious and nutritious.
4. Plan to spend more time at the farm. Pack a picnic and things to eat with your fresh picked berries. Underwood Family Farms has a picnic area, play area, and petting zoo. It’s quite amazing.
5. Explain in more detail how to tell if a berry is ready to be picked. There were a number of berries Presley picked that weren’t ripe yet. I’ve since started to have her help me select fruit at the grocery store so she can learn how to tell when something is ripe.
Have you been berry picking? Do you have a favorite recipe you make with the berries you pick?