Strawberry Pickin’ Time!

IMG_0022.2015-05-16_221324 This past weekend we decided that we needed to squeeze in Strawberry picking.  The kids love it.  John and I enjoy it.  It reminds me of my childhood.  I had my own special strawberry patch at my Papaw Miller’s house.  I couldn’t wait for the juicy berries to appear.  I share that story every year with Colton and Coop.  Colton reminded me that I have told  him the story a few times.  I just love this age where they know everything and talk back to you.  I digress…

Anyway, we headed out late on Saturday to Schlagel Farm in Waldorf, Maryland.  We heard from other friends that this was a great place to go.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.  It was quick and easy drive from DC.  We pulled right up, got our baskets and headed out to the fields.  This year was awesome because Colton and Cooper could help us.  Coop wasn’t quite there last year but was super excited this year.  Beckett even got to hang out in the field.  We were super lucky because we had a cloudy evening and it was perfect for picking berries.

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We always pick a ton of berries so that we and Uncle Matt can make jam.  If you are interested in canning and jam making, check out this link at Pioneer Woman.  It is easy and the kiddos can help.  Lots of mashing and destroying berries.  Boys love it!

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I grew up with woman always canning some fruit or vegetable and I decided I needed to learn how.  We made 10 16 oz jars of jam and had strawberries left over from just one of the white boxes!  So far, I haven’t progressed past fruit but I’ll get there eventually.  For now, Colton enjoys a strawberry jam sandwich at least twice a week for school.  I consider that a win!

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