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Strawberry Picking – seasons switched!

Strawberry picking is a memory many have from childhood. Growing up in the northeast,  strawberry picking correlated to the start of summer, with orchards open mid-June through August. Things are certainly different in South Florida. The thought of walking around outside in the middle of the summer, in a field in looking for strawberries puts me in a overheated panic. Clearly, as my adventure today can attest, strawberry picking is a middle of the winter activity down here! The milder weather and limited rains make it ideal strawberry season in this area.

Friends and I headed to Knaus Berry Farm in Homestead, FL today to pick strawberries . We, particularly the kids, had a blast. With 5 girls between 4 1/2 and nearly 3, we picked lbs and lbs of strawberries, enjoyed the most delicious milkshakes and stood in a well deserved line to purchase homemade sticky buns to bring home to the daddies!

Now I need to retrain the brain: Valentine’s time of year = strawberry picking! Can’t wait to go again!

Do you vegetable or fruit pick where you live? What time of year?

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3 comments

  1. Stacie 15 February, 2010 at 14:16 Reply

    Now that sounds like a fun day. Strawberry picking here is sometime between the beginning to middle of June when it starts. The end of June to middle of July sometime begins Cherry picking. Both Sweet and Tart. Late August through October is Apple picking. I don't remember when raspberry picking is as we only did that once.

  2. Tech Savvy Mama 15 February, 2010 at 18:45 Reply

    Wow, I am so jealous that you are strawberry picking in February! With all the snow on the ground, I can't wait until June when they are in season but luckily I made jam with all of our extras to get us through the winter. Hope you had a great time!

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