Two Moms, Four Kids and Eight Pounds of Strawberries!
Now is the time for strawberry picking at Triple B, which started around May 20 and continued into June with the Strawberry Festival on June 2 and 3. Strawberry picking will wrap up mid June, just in time for red raspberry picking which starts June 9 & 10. When I was a kid, my mom used to take us strawberry picking and then she would make strawberry freezer jam. I saw a recipe for freezer jam on Pinterest and my nostalgia kicked in and I couldn't wait to make some! So when I heard that pick your own strawberries were ready at Triple B, I couldn't wait to go!
|Riding the tractor to the berry field! This is Isaiah's "cheese" face...|
|The kids picking and eating!|
Josiah and Isaiah are two of a kind and they plodded along at a leisurely pace alternating picking and eating berries. Sophia, on the other hand, was a woman on a mission! I think she ate one for every two she picked, but she picked a few pounds of berries all by herself! I was impressed! After fifteen or twenty minutes, Josiah and Annika were hungry. And Isaiah had reached his picking limit, but not his eating limit, and was still munching away at berries. But Sophia was still going strong, even laying on the ground at some points to find and pick the best berries. What a stinkin' cutie!
|Sophia - on a mission!|
|Isaiah and Josiah|
Mr. B came back on the tractor to see how we were doing, as we were the last ones in the fields picking. At this point, the kids were pretty much done, and we climbed on the tractor, which was a BIG hit with Isaiah, to head back to the Country Market and playground. After our tractor ride, Jamie grabbed our food from the car to set up lunch under a big tent while the kids were at the playground and I took Annika into the Country Market to pay for our berries. They have an awesome gift shop - the Country Market - with other fresh produce, baked goods, a kids area, and over 100 different kinds of home made jams, jellies, syrups, mixes and sauces. I couldn't help but shop for a few goodies for home while I was there! I picked up some Hell's Kitchen Habanero Hot Sauce, which is one of John's favorites, and Pumpkin Butter, because I'm crazy for pumpkin anything! Upon checking out, I found out that we had picked eight pounds of strawberries - which is pretty impressive for four kids four and under!! Their pick your own strawberries are $1.99 per pound, which is comparable to the grocery store, but they are definitely more tender and delicious!
|Sophia driving and Isaiah riding shotgun in the 4x4.|
|Me, Annika and Isaiah|
Jamie and I spent the next several hours hanging out under the tent eating a leisurely lunch and watching the kids play on the playground. This year they had two more elements in their play area, a big wooden 4x4 truck and a wooden tractor, which were both big hits with the kids! We watched the school groups leave one by one, and soon we were the last ones there. Last time I had been at Triple B Farm, we were there during a berry festival, so it was pretty busy. This time, we went on a weekday and it was great to be the only ones left! We finally called it quits around 3 pm and loaded up to head home! Pulling out of Triple B Farms, this is the sight that greeted us in the minivan, and we hoped we would make it home! Luckily, there is a gas station in Elizabeth, so we didn't have to go far. Oh, what an adventure that would have been... ;)