One of our favorite things to do in the summer is to go with groups of friends to the U-Pick fruit patches. This year we went strawberry picking in June. The berries were beautifully red, sweet, and juicy. This was the first time Little Miss has ever been to the strawberry patch. I don't know how we missed it the last few years, but somehow every June we have missed picking strawberries. As we were out there picking them, it dawned on me that the last time I had been strawberry picking was when Buddy was little. Little enough that he just sat next to where I was picking strawberries, eating them as fast as his little hands could pick them. I think he was about 3 the last time I went...time flies. Anyway, a group of friends decided to get together and go. We decided where we were going and met everyone there. Both kids did an excellent job of picking strawberries and filling our cartons. Of course they had to taste them along the way because the lady running the register told them too. I am sure that is their favorite part of picking fruit...eating it as they pick. We picked and picked until our carton was full. Then we brought them home and washed them. We kept some our for eating, some I made into strawberries and syrup to eat over angel food cake, and the rest we froze. My kids love frozen fruit! I also thaw some and make things throughout the year. Some of our favorite recipes with strawberries are these Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles, Strawberry Pretzel Salad, and smoothies just to name a few.
|These pictures are from last year. I forgot my camera today, but will be taking it tomorrow.|