On Saturday, I went berry picking with my girls. We picked blackberries, ollalieberries and strawberries. The blackberries and ollalieberries were picked first, reason why they are hidden under our baskets. Our trip in summary:
1. I was in total awe of the farm! I love farm life! As we approached the farm in the mountains I felt a certain peace and serenity that can't be fully explained. I wanted to make a tent and remain there. Not quite.
2. Our feet being in the dirt was for some reason so satisfying. Haha. We didn't dress for the occasion though. We wore sandals instead of shoes covering our feet. So we returned with very very dirty feet which had to be thoroughly washed as soon as we got home.
3. The farmers at the farm were dressed like people from ancient America. Women with big skirts and bonnets, men with hats, old faded clothes. It felt like we were transported back in time.
4. We were told to "beware of snakes" as we went fruit picking. I almost gave up at this point and went back home but I braved it up. Thankfully, there were no snakes.
5. Filling our fruit baskets took way more time than anticipated. I bought 3 baskets for $12 each and this African girl was not about to leave without filling them (as I saw others doing). We filled every inch of our baskets.
6. Going out with 4 girls on my own was tough. I had to stop for a breastfeeding break, calm a toddler tantrum break, grab some water break.
7. Ollalieberries are a crossbreed of berries which I had never heard of prior to our adventure. They look like blackberries but they are smaller. Fun fact: I had them at the back of our old house but didn't touch them because I thought they were some poisonous plant. When I saw them at the farm as a legit fruit I nearly cried in regret of all the fresh-fruit-picked-from-the-backyard I had missed.
8. The strawberries looked so realistic. Not the mostly big shiny ones in the stores. They tasted honey-sweet with a very intense strawberry flavor.
9. We ate some of the berries fresh then I used the rest to make strawberry jam.
10. Find a farm and visit. You will be glad you did.
Jam recipe: https://www.preciouscore.com/healthy-strawberry-jam/