July 17, 2019

Strawberry Picking Tips & Adventures

A few weeks ago I took the day before the July 4th holiday off to spend with Bella and Ethan. I had been wanting to go strawberry picking, and Chuck said he didn't mind if he missed out on this adventure.

I almost convinced Ethan to go, until I said that it was fun...he thought I was fooling him for some reason, and he decided he would sit this one out. Teenagers, ha! Bella and I ate breakfast and made our way to the local farm. I hadn't picked strawberries since I was a child, and remember really enjoying it so I was extra excited. 
Bella had a lot of fun running through the field to get to the strawberries, and I couldn't get over how well she picked them for her first time. She watched me a few times, and then went to town on her own...I was seriously impressed! We only lasted about 20 minutes before she didn't want to focus anymore, and I was doing more of stopping her from eating the strawberries than actually picking them so we paid and left. It was quite the workout squatting, standing and chasing Bella- so those 20 minutes did us both good. 

I thought I would share some tips I learned and came across since it had been a while since the last time I went strawberry picking.
Tips & Tricks for Strawberry Picking Adventures:
-Call before you visit. Cold weather, rain and wind can affect strawberries the most- call to make sure the crops and fields are ready so you aren't disappointed if they're not.
-Visit early, on weekends the fields can be picked clean by noon.
-Bring your sunscreen, a hat, and water- stay hydrated and safe during your picking.
-When picking, grab the stem right above the berry and pull with a slight twisting motion.
-Carefully place your berries in your container, don't overfill or overpack. 
-Speaking of containers, some places charge so bring your own or inquire about price before visiting.
-Wear clothes and shoes you don't mind getting dirty, this is a farm after all. 
-Pick only the berries that are fully red.
-At home, don't wash the strawberries until they are ready to use or they will spoil quicker.
-Did you know strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside?!

Have you ever been strawberry picking? What's your favorite part about it?

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