One of my favorite parts of summer is visiting local u-pick farms with the boys and picking (and eating) berries to our hearts desires. What a treasure in the juiciest and sweetest berries you will ever eat.
The boys have so much fun learning how fruit grows and honestly end up with more in their bellies than in their baskets. It’s a joy to watch.
Not only is this a fun experience to have with your family, but it’s so frugal! You do save quite a bit of money by picking your own and buying them directly from the farmer in bulk. With all of the berries, I freeze, jam, and make syrup. On this particular trip, I picked 12 pounds of blueberries for $30.00. At the farmers market, a pint can cost about $4.00 – $5.00! At the Berry Patch Farm
, where we picked, they were selling them at $2.50 a pound. That’s quite a bargain for local chemical free berries! They were so plump and sweet that we ate about 3 pounds of them fresh!
By picking your own fruit, you also start to learn about eating in season. Which fruits grow during what part of the season. Strawberry season has already passed as well as blackberries and the first round of summer raspberries. We’re now into Blueberries and fast approaching are fall raspberries, peaches and apples. I encourage you to seek out local berry farms and orchards. I’m sure if you check out their website, they’ll have a great listing of what’s in season, what has passed and what’s to come!
To find a local listing visit, www.localharvest.org. If you’re from Iowa, make sure to stop by The Berry Patch Farm for the best in Summer berries and apples!