Last weekend some friends invited us to pick berries and have a picnic lunch at a nearby park out in the countryside of the Midwest. We had not seen our friends in over a year, and it was a welcomed opportunity to meet up and catch up with one another, as well as meet some of their friends who have moved to the Midwest.
Now, we had never gone berry picking at a berry farm before, so it was a new adventure for our family. Look at all this beauty, and with the strangest summer weather of mid-70s (mid-20s in Celsius), it was one of the best times to go berry picking.
I loved how everyone tied a basket around their waists and just went for it, devouring berries with one hand while collecting berries in the other. It was so much fun to capture the moment.
Linus wanted to be like one of the bigger kids and tried his best to tag along. As this was his first time picking berries, he wasn’t entirely clear on the task at hand.
He looked like he was getting the hang of it. Oops, nope, that was a leaf instead.
Now that’s getting up close and personal. The blueberries were so delicious. I don’t know what it is about eating berries you pick yourself, but berries taste so much better fresh off the bush than when buying them at the store.
Piano Man and Prof enjoyed picking blueberries. By the end of the morning, Piano Man could tell the really good berries from the mediocre ones.
After being done with blueberry picking, the men wanted to participate in some raspberry picking (aka “very manly stuff”).
There’s a difference between blueberry picking and raspberry picking – a gentleness in handling raspberries that was not on Linus’ radar. The berry farmer mentioned to our friend that children should not eat raspberries because they were recently treated with pesticides, another aspect Linus could not comprehend. In the mind of Linus, “If I eat one berry (blueberry), I must be allowed to eat all berries.”
He was obviously upset with us that he could not hold and eat the raspberries from the bin, even after I washed a few raspberries with water from our water bottle. However, if you bribe your child with a fruit snack for a photo op, then this is the result that is achieved:
We ended our day with a picnic at a nearby park that also had a crystal clear water stream for kids to play and explore all the beauty in nature.
We thoroughly enjoyed this outing with our friends, and we plan on doing this again in the future. This is what we did last weekend, how about you? What did you do?
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