Yesterday was opening day of strawberry picking at our favorite local orchard, Eckert's Country Farm in Belleville. I had the day off work (yay for no work Wednesdays!), so we packed up the kids, invited a few friends to join us and hit the road for strawberries! This was my first time strawberry picking and I was a bit worried that it might be too hard for Mac or that they wouldn't be ripe enough, but I had nothing to worry about. Strawberry picking is perfect for toddlers and the strawberries were perfection! Eckert's is totally kid-friendly and it was so nice to be able to let them play and explore on their own. The kids had the best time running down the rows of strawberries, finding good red ripe ones to fill their baskets and eating as many as they could. The weather was perfect - sunny and cool - and since it was opening day (and the middle of the week), we had the place nearly all to ourselves.
But the strawberries themselves were the main event. They were huge, ripe and absolutely delicious! There were tons of strawberries and we had no problem filling our baskets (and bellies) within minutes. They were easy to pick and super clean - you could eat them right off the vine. I had no idea that freshly picked strawberries would taste SO much better than store-bought. They're soft and sweet and so juicy! I filled two baskets myself with big red ones and Mac filled an entire basket with half-eaten ones. We ended up with more strawberries than we will be able to eat in a year! Seriously, we brought home 16 pounds of fresh strawberries! What the hell am I going to do with that many strawberries?! (Pinterest to the rescue.)
Anyway, I took way too many photos and although I'm not in a single one, I promise I was there.