My kids love to go apple picking but since there are no apples yet, I thought they might like to go strawberry picking - which apparently you can only do for something like five minutes in New Jersey. If you blink, you miss strawberry picking season. I hesitated before taking the kids because it's really a very far drive and I am not a fan of driving long distances, especially when I don't know where I am going - but happily, I didn't hesitate for that long and there were still some strawberries waiting for us.
So one morning last week, we piled into the car, drove for a good hour, stopped to use the potty seven times, threw three bags of snacks and an equal number of juice boxes over my shoulder to the back of the van, parked at the farm and had lunch (it was 10am but you know my motto, "never leave home without a stocked cooler - or at the very least, a sandwich." Yeah, it's a long motto, but one that serves all mommies well.)
After lunch, we picked strawberries for twenty minutes. Then we looked around and realized, hmmm, there is nothing else to do here besides pick strawberries. No hayrides, no corn mazes, no other fruit waiting to be picked. Nothing. I guess it was really early in the season for these pick-your-own farms. My first clue should have been when the woman at the farm actually looked surprised when I said we were here to pick strawberries. Whatever, we had fun, took awesome pictures and paid for our many many strawberries.
And then we were faced with a long drive home. I just couldn't do it yet. So we GPSed our way to the local Walmart and as luck would have it, it was only half a mile away. See? Even in farm country, you're never too far from civilization.
Next up: What in the world did we do with all our strawberries? We ate some. And then we ate some more. And then some more. And then we shared with friends. And then the kids said no more, but there was no way I was chucking these guys. We still had some left, so we got busy in the kitchen. I'll show you next time.
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)