We love going to u-pick places! You can't ever beat the taste of fruits and veggies that are freshly picked. And usually, you can't beat the price either! We paid $10 a ticket for Ben and I (Ellie and Aiden were free!) we definitely got our money's worth of strawberries! They gave Ben and I each a gallon bucket, and the kids got their own smaller containers and they encouraged you to overfill your buckets to heaping and to eat as many as you wanted in the fields. When we got home, I counted the strawberries as I prepared them for freezing (yay for strawberry smoothies and popsicles all summer!) and there were just shy of 500 berries. That doesn't count what we ate in the field as we were picking or what everyone snacked on when we got home before I counted, meaning we had at least 600 berries for $20! That comes out to about 30 strawberries per dollar. Score! In the store for $2, you get one package which is what, maybe 25 berries? So 60 fresh picked in place of 25 store bought? I'll take it! Plus, it's now a priceless memory :)
It was a great experience. We browsed around the shop for a while and then took a tractor ride out to the berry fields. They had two kinds, Camarosa and Chandler. They said the Chandlers were sweeter and better for eating, but didn't last as long and the Camarosas were better for cooking and tended to last longer. We picked a bucket of each. Ellie really liked the sweeter ones better. Aiden downed mostly the other ones, probably because that's the first side we picked on. He was totally hilarious. He just plopped down in the middle of a row, and sat there and ate. He did that the whole time we were picking! Every time we'd look over to check on him, he was always just sitting in the same spot eating! We figure he probably ate 30 berries. His little strawberry covered mug was hilarious. Beside having it all over his face, his hands were solid red, and his legs and arms were covered in juice :) Good thing we're not afraid of a huge mess! And good thing I took a lot of wet wipes! The little man was in heaven. Ellie had a lot of fun too, she was so cute wandering around with her little basket. Later that night as we were putting her to bed we had asked her what her favorite part of the day was. She said "The tractor ride". I asked her if she liked picking the berries she said "Yep. Picking yummy strawberries was so hard." Silly.
After picking, we went back to the store to get some pastries and some fresh strawberry ice cream, and we ate the picnic lunch we had take with us. What a delightful day!
Such a picturesque little place. Actually, not that little. The place is 400 acres!
See that apple poster? In the fall they have 52 varieties of apples. We're definitely going to have to come back.
Ellie and Aiden liked driving the tractor.
Ellie is a bit of a wild driver.
MMMM, MMMM! Best strawberries I've ever had.
The feasting begins.
I know there are more under there!
Just sitting and chowing. He stayed in this one spot for a long time just enjoying berry after berry.
Transfering the goods to Aiden's basket so she could start over.
Picking out pastries. We ended up with a fried apple pie (recommendation from Ben's mom), a cinnamon roll (Ellie's choice) and an apple fritter.
I also have to include these pictures of Ben when he went strawberry picking as a little boy in Georgia. We were going to try and duplicate these pictures (stand in the same spots, make the same faces, etc) but we totally forgot.
(He's the one in the middle)