June 2, 2009

Strawberry Picking

We are very fortunate to have a wonderful orchard right around the corner from our home. Their season kicks off with strawberries, and this weekend we took a trip there for the first time. I cannot wait to go back later in the summer to reap more rewards! The peach and apple trees are just beautiful, and you can tell that they have been there for a very long time.

There aren't many places left on this Earth that are like Vessey's Orchard. We drove down a long driveway that ends at a beautiful, old colonial home. An ancient man came out, asked us how many quarts we'd be picking that day (at $1 per quart, we bought 10!), and told us where we'd find the strawberry fields. You could just tell that he'd done this many times before, and I don't know, it was just comforting.

Needless to say, we had a wonderful time picking these little red gems. We were a little late I think, next year I'd like to go back in the middle of May...when you don't have to work so hard looking for pristine berries. No strawberry bought in the produce section of any mega-mart could ever come close to the flavor! I wish I had taken more pictures. But, picking was alot of work. And, the baby was ready for lunch. So I just ended up snapping a few in a rush!

If you get an opportunity to go out and harvest your own of, well, just about anything...do it! Even though it's a little bit of work, the rewards you will reap are well worth the effort.

6 comments:

Colleen said...

I have been obsessed with strawberries lately - you are so lucky to have a place to go pick them! And thanks for visiting my blog!

Kristen said...

What a treasure to have that orchard so close to you! I'm jealous!

the happy couple said...

i can't believe you go so many! i loved the ones we picked.

Sophie said...

I love going berry picking :). We just went berry picking recently too, I've been wanting to go to a strawberry farm. These pictures are great :)!

Katie said...

YAY!! I LOVE strawberries!!!

texlilo said...

Those look so beautiful! I have a blue berry orchard just down the road, and everyone where I live has their own garden so it is really nice. I can not wait to see what yo u make with all those wonderful berries!