The Raspberry Patch
We had one unscheduled day last week and took full advantage of it by piling in the car and driving south to a pick your own raspberry farm.
Baskets in hand, I taught the children how to find and pick ripe berries as well as teaching them which berries to leave in place. For the most part they did quite well and I was pleasantly surprised to see my little one following instructions (and showing no qualms about reaching deep into the bushes to pick a berry).
I loved it. I loved the opportunity to work alongside my children, harvesting berries together. No, we didn’t grow them, but they still learn lessons about the law of the harvest when they’re out in the hot summer sun getting their arms scratched while picking berries.
At last the little ones declared their limits in no uncertain terms. My baby said to me, “I want my car seat right now.” We weighed and paid and I nearly had to drag my twelve year old daughter out of the rows. She loved it and didn’t want to leave. It was a morning well spent and the raspberries we’ve been eating all week are a sweet reminder of our little adventure.
If you live in my area, I highly recommend a trip to The Raspberry Patch. If you don’t, do some research and find a pick your own farm near you. It’s a perfect family field trip at this time of year, not to mention the delight of eating fresh food straight from the fields.