Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Strawberry Pickin' at Chiles Peach Orchard

Our local berry farm decided not to open for pick-your-own strawberries, this year, because--after our cold winter and a harsh, spring storm--the crop isn't what it should be. I read about a couple other farms in the Greater Richmond Area but decided to take the little kids to Crozet for "Come Grow with Us," the children's program at Chiles Peach Orchard. Then it became a matter of convincing Rachel and Zach to go with us. That was much easier than I'd expected given the fact that Rachel's baby is already working his way "toward the light"; I just had to promise to drive her into Charlottesville at lightning speed if she went into labor :)

"Come Grow with Us" costs $7 per participating child and includes a craft, a story, a container for pick-your-own, and a snack. The craft, yesterday, was a strawberry. Each child painted and dusted it with jello (to make it smell good); glued some seeds on it; and traced one of his or her hands to become the top of the berry. Clementine's Strawberry Shortcake dress was mine and has its own, special story

I can't tell you much about story time, yesterday, because I was busy supervising Chip as he climbed into and out of a little wagon.

Chip's outfit was Cade's: just one of the few outfits I kept.

Charleigh was kind of funny in the strawberry patch. She was slowed by her concern that her fruit was ripe enough; over and over, she held up a berry and asked: "Is this red enough, Mama?"

Clementine and Zach filled their containers in no time, and Zach seemed to have a knack for finding that rare, large berry.

Chip didn't have a container, but he didn't mind; he was happy to try and fill his belly with berries (and, later, with ice cream).

All in all, it was a perfect celebration of what bursts warm and ripened into the world.


  1. Pretty cool! I've never picked my own berries, this place looks like it makes it a lot more fun for the kids.

    Peace <3

  2. so cool...i love farm days like much for the kids to get out of it...
    being around growing things...hands in the dirt...arts/creativity...
    i love berries as well...

  3. Loved reading this, and apologize for just taking time to explore your wonderful blog. I LOVE your "Where I Stand" page. Awesome, and obvious that much thought went into it. We are 'on the same page' in so many ways! Love your photos, and your beautiful family! Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting! You will see me here from now on, too!

  4. Love these pictures and there is NOTHING like fresh strawberries when pregnant when I was pregnant strawberry time that was the month I gained my most weight, most of the weight I gained was in that month. I could not get enough. That was a good friend taking her out to this special occasion .

  5. This looks like yummy fun, Brandee! I'm feeling like we'll need to find a berry patch soon. I love this time of year when everything is fresh and natural and straight from the earth.

  6. I love love love the photo of clementine and zach....I haven't been strawberry picking in years..your photos make me want to go....