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Strawberry Picking 2011

When I read this week’s topic for Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011, I smiled. It’s a great topic, and one that we should all consider now and again. The topic is ‘What makes you happy?’.

The simplest answer I can give is so many things

That little boy above makes me sublimely happy. So does his little sister? Their gleeful giggles and vivid imaginations are amazing and infectious.

Another thing that makes me happy? Summer strawberries, plucked straight from the plant and popped into a waiting mouth. Nothing compares to a sun-warmed fresh berry on a perfect summer day. Saturday was a lovely day for berry picking (though the fields were a tad wet still from Friday’s rain). The kids had a great time, eating their body weight in berries and occasionally helping with the picking too.

Naturally, berry picking makes me happy too. The kids and I joined two of my dear friends for this weekend’s berry picking and lunch at the beach. It was so much fun. We’ve been strawberry picking every year since Will was a baby. Now, he asks when we’ll go and gets so excited as the time nears.

Our favorite place to strawberry pick is Jones Family Farms in Shelton, Connecticut, which is a great family-run farm that specializes in pick-your-own crops. They also have a winery on-site, which produces some amazing wine.

One of the things we love most about Jones is the Berry Ferry that taxis pickers from the entrance to the fields. Now, granted, the distance isn’t far. It’s totally walkable … but the Berry Ferry is just plain fun.

So, what makes you happy?

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Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)

Thursday 23rd of June 2011

Berry picking is one of my most favorite summer activities. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos.

Kate

Wednesday 22nd of June 2011

I love picking - berries, veggies, apples - I'm not a picky picker.

patsyk

Tuesday 21st of June 2011

I'm always anxious for strawberry season! I love when all the fresh berries come into season... just makes for happy times!