Last year we were lucky enough to find a real gem – a chemical free pick your own berries farm. I can’t believe I hadn’t found this wonderful farm and farmer before. Last year we picked strawberries and raspberries and this year will be no different, except we will add blackberries to that list.
Last week as part of our summer solstice celebrations Reece and I hit the strawberry patch to pick, eat, pick and eat some more strawberries. We had a perfect weather day, sunshine, heat and a lovely breeze. I am not sure how many berries Reece picked actually went into the basket; every time I looked at him he was eating one. And let me tell you he really enjoyed them.
I am a huge fan of teaching our little ones where the food they are eating comes from and heading out to the farm, chatting with the farmer, picking our own berries and then coming home to eat them is one of the ways we can help Reece understand the amount of work, love, joy and passion that goes into the food we eat.
I do wish I had a lovely strawberry recipe to share with you, but sadly, I don’t. Why? Simply because we like eating them straight up, as is. Why play with the perfection of Mother Nature? We did serve them up with a touch of vanilla cashew cream sauce and it paired just perfectly.
And before you ask, no, we did not eat all of those strawberries, most of them were washed, greens removed, frozen on cookie sheets and then transferred to freezer bags, ready for smoothies. Our stash from last year has just run out, here’s hoping this stash lasts as long.