Last week, the kids and I headed over to Belleville, Illinois for some strawberry picking at Eckert's Country Farm. You may remember our strawberry picking adventure last year, where Mac ran through the fields like a wild animal and Mim slept the entire time. This year, both kids were really into strawberry picking and we had the best time! Mac was surprisingly focused on picking - scouting out the best rows and finding the biggest "monster" strawberries for his basket. Mim, on the other hand, was less into the picking and way more into the sampling. Every strawberry that Mac or I put in her basket, she ate...stem, leaves and all. I didn't realize she was eating the whole thing until I looked over and saw leaves sticking out of her mouth. And then she bit me when I tried to take them away from her. Oh well, they didn't seem to phase her a bit.
The strawberries were absolute perfection this year (every year). There were so many big juicy red ones and they were melt in your mouth good. Fresh strawberries are so different than the hard ones you get at the grocery store and I remember being amazed last year by just how good they were. This year did not disappoint. The great thing about Eckert's is that they let you eat as many berries as you want in the fields and only charge you for what you pick and bring home. It probably would have bankrupt me if I had to pay for every berry that Mim ate that day, so I'm a big fan of that policy. They also have some type of plastic on the ground around the plant, so the strawberries you pick aren't covered in mud or dirty, which makes eating them even easier. We had a great time and Mac's already asking when we can go back for peaches and blueberries.
Note to self for next year: don't let Mac pick out his own outfit and dress head-to-toe in camo. I can't tell you how many times I turned around to chase Mim and then couldn't find Mac. Camo really works.
If you want to see what we did with our strawberries, head over to Savvy Sassy Moms to check out my post on homemade strawberry preserves. Trust me, they're so so so good and super easy to make and can, even if you've never canned before.
Have you ever been strawberry picking with your kids?