One of our favorite summer traditions are multiple trips to the berry farms located just minutes from our home. My children really love picking out
their berry flat carrier and hopping on the tractor for the ride to the
There are always contests they dream up to see who can pick the most or
eat the most and everyone leaves with red, strawberry scented fingers
and red-ringed lips.
Tips for the trip:
We try to pick in the early morning to avoid the mid-day heat and to avoid "baking" the berries as they sit in the flats.
The boys always end up with strawberry stains on their clothing, but they are easily removed when I pre-treat them before washing with ERA detergent.
Grow your own Patch:
Strawberries are really
easy to care for and with some basic care at the end of the season, you
can enjoy strawberries fresh from your own garden.
- In the fall, mow or clip down your strawberry plants to avoid pesky bug infestations.
- Cover completely with straw for protection against harsh weather. (Avoid using hay as it encourages weed growth).
the spring, uncover the plants and move the straw to surround each
one. The straw will act as a natural weed barrier and will keep the
area mud-free for your knees at picking time.