Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Time for Strawberries!

It is that wonderful time of year again when strawberries are out and ready to pick. Yeah! I have been going strawberry picking since I can remember and my husband and I have gone almost every year that we have been together. In that time we have moved from Portland, to San Diego, to San Fransisco, and finally back to the Portland area.

Needless to say we have gone to a lot of farms! :) We have really liked many of them but our favorite area to go picking is Sauvie Island. There are more than a couple farms such as the Pumpkin Patch (yes they have u-pick strawberries, as well as other berries later in the season). Kroger Farms which also has lots of u-pick, and quite a few others. This year we went to the Pumpkin Patch and picked until our buckets were full and our kids were done.

Strawberry picking is a great way to show kids how food gets to our plant from a farm in a more direct way that is visual and tactile. Plus it is an easy way to talk about colors, and different parts of a plant, as work on fine motor skills (using those fingers to get the strawberries off the plants).

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