Thursday, June 23, 2016

Strawberry Picking: A Favorite Summer Tradition

Every year, in the middle of June, we head to a nearby farm for a favorite Summer tradition: Strawberry Picking! 

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Strawberry Picking is our usual group outing to kick off Summer. Going with friends definitely makes the tradition more fun!

Last Wednesday, I herded 5 little humans out the door as quickly as possible and battled crazy traffic to get to the farm in time to meet our friends. As soon as I got out of the SUV, I realized that we forgot one vital thing...the baskets! I even reminded the kids several times before we rushed out the door. But we still forgot them. Of course. 

Thanks to the organization system in my SUV, I had a tote filled with beach toys. SO. Beach pails it was!  I started laughing as our friends walked toward us with beach pails in their hands, too. Frazzled moms unite!

Since it was a weekday morning, the farm wasn't very crowded yet. We got our baskets-er, beach pails-weighed and rode the rickety wagon up to the strawberry fields.

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It was the noisiest wagon ride.  I'm not sure why...

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As soon as we got to the field, everyone scattered in different directions and Liam kept trying to run back down to the farm. It was an adventure!

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Liam finally stopped exploring and decided to see what everyone else was doing! After watching his big sister, Lexie, and his beloved cousin, Aubrey, for a few minutes, he caught on to what he was supposed to be doing!

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After he tired of that, he decided to spread a little love!

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The big kids worked so hard picking the perfect strawberries. In less than 20 minutes, my crew picked 5 lbs of strawberries! It was definitely time to head back down to the farm!

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By that point, the kids were hot, tired and thirsty but that didn't stop the noise on the wagon ride back down!

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We had so much fun picking strawberries with some of our best friends! 

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Did you pick strawberries this year? 

LET'S CONNECT!



24 comments:

  1. Strawberry picking is so much fun!! You got some great photos lady. Everyone looks like they had a blast.

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    1. Thank you! It was a quick trip, but we had a good time!

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  2. I love that Lily had the perfect dress to wear. I don't even know of any local strawberry patches around here. I keep thinking about planting my own but I dont really have a great spot and I assume all of the bunnies would eat them anyways :(.

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    1. That's a bummer that you don't have anything like that nearby. Planting them would be fun...maybe in a raised bed?
      The dress was Lexie's. She wore it on our very first trip to go strawberry picking!

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  3. Your daughter's strawberry outfit is the cutest! I've heard the best time to go to a berry farm is early, and I'm sure it helps with the heat, too, BUT that's one of the reasons we haven't gone yet. I have the hardest time getting my crew up & ready in the morning. Props to you for getting all your kiddos (plus some) exploring early in the morning!

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    1. Oh my goodness, I am with you! We often miss events if they are before 11 AM!

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  4. So fun! We love strawberries, but have never went picking.

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  5. I have had strawberry picking on my summer bucket list for AGES and we still haven't ever gone. I was dead set that we were going to go this year, but the temps have been near 100 for the last 3 weeks here and I have no desire to strawberry pick when it's that flipping hot. Lol.

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    1. I don't blame you! I hope you get the chance to go sometime! XOXO

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  6. Awesome! We love picking strawberries every year. We went about a month ago and the strawberries were SO GOOD!! We're heading back this weekend for blackberries!

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    1. They really are better than the ones they sell in the grocery store! Have a great time picking blackberries. I never take them to pick anything else, but I really should!

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  7. Looks like so much fun! That would totally be me as well forgetting the baskets! Such luck you had all those sand pails in your car! Note to self--- add that to my emergency stash in the trunk!

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    1. We haven't actually used them for sand play yet, but they sure were useful! I have to say, I'm glad I'm not alone with being forgetful!

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  8. Great pictures! I posted about our trip to the strawberry patch today, too!

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  9. Such a fun tradition! We did this growing up, too!

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  10. The hugs!!! How sweet! I so so want to go strawberry picking! There are no patches near where we will, but I'm hoping to sneak in this adventure when we go visit family next week!

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    1. I hope you're able to go! Have a great visit! XOXO

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  11. Aw, these pictures are amazing!!! We wanted to go while we were in Florida in April but their picking season had just ended. Wah! We don't have strawberry fields here(that I know of) so I guess we'll just be waiting for pumpkin season. This looks so fun though!!

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    1. Thank you so much! That's a bummer that you don't have anything like this around, but pumpkin picking is just as much fun! XOXO

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  12. Such a great tradition to have. I remember picking strawberries when I was younger, with my mother and brother. It was fond memories.

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