Strawberry Picking

Monday, June 24, 2013

We have lived in the Houston area for about 20 years (minus the 4 years in VA) and I never knew there was a place here to pick strawberries. One August (many years ago) we went to pick blueberries (or was it blackberries?) and we almost died passed out from heat stroke and dehydration.  So we never did THAT again.  There was absolutely nothing fun about picking berries in 107 degree weather.

However, every Autumn, when my bloggy and real life northern friends visit the apple orchards, I get a little jealous.  It is a "happy for them, sad for me" kind of jealous.  It's HOT here.  We don't grow apples in South Texas.  So that whole fall, boot wearing, apple picking experience doesn't happen here.  Sad, isn't it?

Anyway, back to the strawberries.  One of my facebook friends had posted about picking strawberries in Houston and I quickly did some research and made a plan.

We went super early to avoid both the crowds and the heat.  But the only peanut that wanted to get up early on a Saturday morning was Kate.  Our plan worked as we were the first ones there and had a few minutes to kill before the strawberry patch opened up...


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Kate had fun with these wooden things to pass the time until we could pick some berries:)

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We were the first ones out in the fields and had them to ourselves for a little while.


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We had such a great time.  It was breezy and not too hot.  We had the fields to ourselves and we discovered a fabulous little produce market inside. They sold THE BEST little fried fruit pies we have ever had.  In fact, Dave and Will drove back for some more last weekend!

I think this will become a new summer tradition for us.

And belive it or not, we ate BOTH buckets that weekend.  They were delicious!

18 comments:

  1. We go there ALL of the time! They have so many goodies!

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  2. Strawberries are delicious! Really the only berry I like. Kate looks like she had fun!

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  3. Oooh I love berry picking! Raspberries and blueberries are my very favorite. I'm stalking my favorite farm websites waiting to see when the first picking is open. Mmmm!

    Growing up in South FL, we went strawberry picking a lot. They like heat. I bet now that you have found this one farm, you will start to find others too.

    KK

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    1. I wish KK. I have looked and looked over the years. Houston is kind of a concrete sprawl...there really are not many picking farms within a reasonable driving distance at all. And I won't go later in the summer...it get unbearably hot.

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  4. So funny, my son just saw your little girl and said is that Avery? Avery is the name we have given to the little girl we will be adopting from China this year. I explained to him that your daughter belonged to another family. So happy you were able to go strawberry picking!

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  5. Oh fun -- we want to do this here, but it's been so rainy, the fields are full of mud! I'll bet you are busy making strawberry shortcake and jam!! Delish!

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  6. Beautiful photos! I have such happy memories from strawberry picking as a child. :)

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  7. When I was a child I remember picking berries in the summer and my Mom making jam from them. Fun memories. Kind of sweet that Kate had you two all to herself! Love all the pics!

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  8. Strawberry picking is definitely a favourite tradition of mine! Looks like you had fun!!

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  9. Looks like a fun day. Those berries look delicious!

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  10. Ok, you got me excited about strawberry picking. I googled it and found a strawberry farm about 45mins from us!! Ha!!!! I NEVER KNEW IT EXISTED! Thanks Kim!!

    PS The pictures are DELICIOUSLY CUTE!!!

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  11. GREAT pictures and great tradition!

    My kids' favorite jam is the homemade one I make with fresh strawberries, just adding sugar (or agave nectar) and lemon juice to taste. SOOOO yummy.

    Happy Summer.

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  12. I noticed China has a lot of REALLY pretty strawberry patches.

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  13. how fun! and what a great experience for Kate to remember in her childhood years!
    blessings!
    Carrie
    www.itstheeveryday.com

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  14. This is hilarious because we did the same thing with the same back story! Posting about it soon. Paralel lives!

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  15. This is too funny! We had the same experience recently! Paralell lives!

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  16. You came to mind today, so I just wanted to say hi. I hope all is wonderful with you and your family.

    Hugs,
    Kristin

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