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Strawberry Pickin' at Roca Berry Farm

Remember last year, the great fun Lukka had picking strawberries? Well, we all packed up with Grammie again for another year's adventure in the fields of Roca Berry Farm. This one lasted a bit shorter than last, since I had to whisk Anikka away because I was afraid she was going to make herself sick! I think next year, when she's just over two, is a better age to start taking kids on this, because Lukka had a great time, didn't eat too much, and picked a lot of strawberries for our two flats (Along with Grammie's help, of course)!
The tractor ride out to the field was probably the highlight for the Bug. He loves tractors.
She got the hang of putting strawberries into the flat, but when she tried them, figured out she'd rather be putting them in her mouth.
This is an early picture, clearly. Her clothes were C.O.V.E.R.E.D. Make no mistake, wear old clothes you don't mind getting stained/dirty when you go out to the fields! You will get strawberry juice on them!

The berries were SO big, red, juicy, and plentiful this year. We picked 2 flats, 27 lbs! After giving about two pounds to Grammie, I spent an entire naptime cutting, washing, freezing, and finally making 2 batches of fruit leather (my tip: blend everything once it's done on the stove...it turns out perfect!). I'm planning on making two more batches, since the leather is completely gone from the weekend! My husband thinks it's the best candy besides dehydrated bananas.

If you're local to my area, check out RocaBerry farm. Hurry, the season ends around June 15th! The price is $1.25/box + 50 cents per flat (but you can reuse them). If you're not local, check for You Pick farms around the country HERE.
My tip: If your child is under 1, you can put them in a sling, if they are between 1-2 years old, either try to put them in a sling if they're not too heavy, or grab a friend, spouse, or relative to keep an eye on them. It was pretty hard to pick berries and watch Anikka. She probably ate about 15 strawberries in under 10 minutes, and I worried about her getting sick if I just let her go free! Posted by Picasa

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