Berry Picking

For the first time this year we went berry picking. Or should I say strawberry picking, as strawberries are my family’s favourite berry. We left home early and travelled to Whittamore’s Farms, a family farm outside of Toronto that allows customers to pick their own purchases.

On this early morning Sunday, we were among the first customers to arrive. The day was overcast and cool, with the threat of a light rain. The weather did not hamper our anticipation, nor our enjoyment of the picking.

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Strawberry fields. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The strawberry fields stretched before us. We were told which rows we could begin picking from; as were the people who came after us.

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Picking strawberries. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

We searched and stooped to pick the small, sweet and succulent berries. Looking among the green leaves, we could easily see those which were temptingly ripe.

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A sweet strawberry ripe for picking. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Not only did my children enjoy the experience, but I did as well.

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Picking Strawberries. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

We filled a bucket with the delicious fruit. Our concern was not with whether we would be able to eat them all. What my husband and I liked seeing was the enjoyment my children took in being outside, in a natural environment, looking for a sweet treat.

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Ready to eat! © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

When we arrived home, we washed the berries and each ate a bowl full. They were sweet, juicy and absolutely delicious. For a few days, we ate the freshly picked fruit and enjoyed every bite – not one strawberry went to waste.

Have you been berry picking?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

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46 thoughts on “Berry Picking

  1. I have tried this very often when I was a kid – not as grown up unfortunately – but man I remember how good they tasted – seeing these photos make my memories popping up quicker than I can write 😀 – Thank you for sharing – Lovely photos and owner

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  2. We are sadly deprived when it comes to berries, and although there are places where one can pick strawberries, they are pathetic by comparison with the ones in UK, for example, and the fields are teensy-tiny by comparison with that one!

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  3. Oh! Those strawberries look delicious! We are long past strawberry season here (although I think the grocery stores are still shipping them in from Far Away). I used to go berry picking, and probably will again once we figure out where the pick-your-own farms are around here. For some reason, fruit (and veggies) we pick ourselves always taste better. 🙂

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    1. Yes they do. I think the farming methods also pay a contribution. The farm we visited explained that they use pesticides only when the plants are seedlings. Thereafter, nature takes its course.

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  4. Oh your post took me back to my childhood when my mother used to take my brother and I strawberry picking. I remember the sticky fingers, sticky faces and that sweet, sweet strawberry smell. But even better, there used to be home-made strawberry jam for our toast for months afterwards. Thank you for that sweet moment of nostalgia (even though I’m a self-confessed non-nostalgic!)

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      1. It’s great that your children are experiencing food in its natural state. It’s so important and will stay with them. My son still remembers the tomatoes we grew when he was a pre-schooler and although he’s too cool for gardening these days, he still loves to go,out and pick the results of my labour.

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        1. I remember doing this when I was a child and am sad I cannot ask the same of my children (we live in an apartment). This year we are trying to grow tomatoes in planters. I hope we are successful.

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          1. I’m sure you will be able to; we grew tomatoes and bell peppers and herbs in pots on our verandah for years before we finally dug up some lawn for a bigger garden. Cherry tomatoes work best, and they are so great for kids – like little sweets. Good luck 🙂

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              1. Exciting! We planted what we thought were cherry tomatoes and they turned out to be these huge beefsteak things that made the best tomato chutney! Happy gardening. xx

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  5. I have many warm memories of picking berries with my sons when they were younger. We picked strawberries in June, blueberries in August and apples in September. The photos are beautiful!

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  6. Great pics, Colline! Those strawberries look delicious. Reminds me of when my brother, my mom and I would pick strawberries in the summer when I was a child. Those strawberries hand-picked were the sweetest and juiciest all of.

    We picked many. Not one was wasted!

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  7. aww. I have been wanting to go to strawberry field for so long now. In fact when I was in Sri Lanka over an year ago, I made a point of going up to the mountainous Noor Eliya outside Colombo just for that – I was told I will find quite a few fields up t here. Unfortunately the driver didn’t find any. Maybe I went in the wrong season.

    Nice photos. I enjoyed them.

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