One of my favorite summer traditions is our annual excursion to Catalpa’s Farm for strawberry picking.
It is a tradition we have enjoyed for almost a decade!
Soon after moving to the area, friends from church invited us to go strawberry picking with them at Catalpa’s. We had a blast filling our baskets with strawberries warmed by the sun, and reaping the rewards of our efforts for the remainder of the year, as we indulged in homemade strawberry jam and strawberry smoothies.
Since that first visit, we try to make this an annual event, loading up on strawberries for the year ahead.
This annual excursion usually occurs the weekend of Father’s Day, which allows us to enjoy all sorts of strawberry treats for Toby’s trifecta of holidays that occur the third week of June. This year Father’s Day fell on our anniversary (June 21st), and Toby’s birthday is the 23rd. Thanks to our trip to the strawberry fields we were able to celebrate his special days with strawberry pie, strawberry shortcake and homemade strawberry ice cream…Yum!
On Saturday morning we gathered our quart baskets for a morning of strawberry picking.
Our large picking crew was reduced to just the four of us that were left at home…
But Grace ended up joining us for the morning (since Zach had to work), increasing our numbers to 5 1/2!
We arrived and were directed to our row of strawberry plants where we promptly got to work picking and eating…
One for the basket…one for me…Yum!
There is nothing better than eating ripe strawberries warmed by the sun…
Tastes like summer!
We worked for an hour, filling 29 quart baskets and eating another quart or two as we worked.
While we were there, we ran into those very friends from church that first introduced us to Catalpa’s. Picking strawberries a few rows away were the Biernessers. After a quick “hello” we got back to work, filling our remaining baskets before the heat of the sun drove us out the fields.
As is tradition, we ended our picking party with fresh strawberry slushies from the farmer’s market out front. They were delicious…a perfect reward for our efforts in the field.
At home we turned our baskets of berries into pints of strawberry jam and strawberry syrup so that we will be able to enjoy the taste of summer all year long!