Sweet Summer Memories: Strawberry Picking

I love strawberries. Their vibrant red color, their fresh scent, and the taste as of sweet and tart as I sink my teeth into a juicy one. If I had to pick a favorite fruit, strawberry would be it.
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My kids enjoy strawberries too… most of the time. They go on odd food strikes now and then, so I can never guarantee what these two will eat on a given day. One experience I want them to have growing up is picking strawberries.
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I went strawberry picking once or twice as a child that I can remember. It was at a family friend's farm so it was a little different. Still, I remember it being fun and eating fresh strawberries.
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This summer's strawberry harvest seemed a little later, but I kept an eye on a local pick your own farm's website. Once they opened, we took an impromptu trip one weekend afternoon to Barthel's Fruit Farm in Mequon.
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I wore Xander on my back as we taught Rissa to look for big, red berries to pick and explained we needed to leave the others so they could continue growing.
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We filled our box, the strawberries staining our fingers. We weren't there long, but it was more fun than choosing a plastic carton at the grocery store.
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At home the kids and I ate a few too many as we prepped them for freezing. Next year, we'll go again. And maybe we'll try growing some ourselves too.

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