I’ve always wondered what it would be like to go onto a farm or an orchard and pick my own fruit. I’m big on healthy eating and buy local, fresh, and organic whenever possible. And just try to turn me away from a Farmers’ Market!
So when some friends of ours invited us out to an orchard to pick cherries, of course we said yes.
Cherry-picking is a great kid-friendly activity, but there are points to keep in mind if you are planning to take your little ones.
KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER
Even if the forecast calls for a pleasant, sunny day, keep in mind that you will be outdoors the entire time you are on the farm. This means hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and protective clothing, especially for the kiddos.
GO EARLY, LEAVE EARLY
Since cherry season is at its peak, lots of other people will be planning their trip to the farm as well, and this can result in traffic jams, difficult parking, and not enough fruit to go around. If you leave from your home earlier, then you will have plenty of time to pick fruit at your leisure, and then you can plan to leave before the sun hits high noon.
The farm we went to did not allow us to have food around the trees where we would be picking, so our lunch had to stay in the car. Water was fine, and you’ll need it on a hot day. Pack lots of water and remember to take it with you. It may be a long walk back to the parking lot!
ONLY PICK WHAT YOU NEED
So since this was our first time picking anything, we had no idea how much we would actually end up with. We took two buckets and filling them up was fun and easy, as pretty much every cherry was a ripe one. However, when we went to purchase our bounty, our cherries tipped the scales at eighteen pounds! Definitely more than we needed. We were stuck paying for all of them, since “You Pick, You Buy”. (P.S. If anybody knows of any delicious and simple cherry recipes, I’d love to hear suggestions.)
Picking fruit with your kids can be a very rewarding experience. They can see how things grow in nature, where their food comes from, work hard for something they want, and in the end, they can reward themselves with the yummy “fruits” of their labor!
Hope you all had a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!