If you have not taken your child out to pick their own food of some kind (apples, raspberries, black berries, strawberries, etc.) you absolutely have to! Seeing your child find food that they can pick right off of the plant and eat in that moment is an amazing thing. Sure they can do that if you grow veggies or fruit at home but there is something about walking through a HUGE field hunting for lots of the same thing that is so interesting and exciting, at least to a little kid.
For a grown up picking your own strawberries involves a lot of sweat, a sore back, sore knees and well pretty much sore all over! But we did it, two giant flats of strawberries, two happy little girls and four bellies full of freshly picked strawberries.
We even had some friends come out this morning to join us!
Having the girls pick with us may seem like more work than it is worth but they really can learn at a very early age how to pick strawberries.
Here are a few simple rules that even two year olds can understand:
- Always look at all sides of the strawberry before you pick it off the plant.
- The strawberry should be bright red all over.
- Make sure there are no holes or bad spots on the strawberry.
- Never pick a green strawberry!
Happy picking!! Jam making and pie making will take over my life for the next few days. And the girls cannot wait to help me mash up all those berries.