Strawberry Fields: An Adventure in “Pick Your Own”

So the Mr. and I decided to stay in town this past weekend and just enjoy each other’s company. It had been quite a while since we had an opportunity to spend some good quality time together, so that’s exactly what we did. We capped off a weekend of exploring our neighborhood (dream house to purchase is all picked out), brunching, movie watching, Arrested Development watching, and just general lounging around enjoying each other’s company with a little bit of an adventure.

One of the best things about DC is that only 1 hour away there are a TON of amazing farms. Places where you can go and buy fresh produce and in some instances pick your own. I had seen a pick your own strawberry place online and yesterday we decided to give it a go for the holiday. Neither of us had tried it before and since it was too cloudy to lay by the pool we figured we’d give it a shot.

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Apparently strawberries grow on this long stems and practically sit on the ground. I had no idea. It does make sense to me now though why strawberries are so expensive. They each have to be picked by hand and if you don’t do it correctly you can bruise the fruit. Nobody likes an ugly strawberry. 
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We chose Messick Farm as our first strawberry picking adventure. This is just one small portion of their farm. They have an entire other portion of strawberries, not to mention their blackberries, watermelons, corn, and a whole host of other goodies. The staff was nice and showed us exactly where to go and what to do. IMG_3244

There were strawberries ready to be picked at every turn. It was really interesting to see the one’s that weren’t quite ready (like that green looking one above). The afternoon turned into a fun adventure of looking through all the plants to find the prettiest strawberry. I think the Mr. may have actually won out in the end but we had such a good time that I can let my competitive streak go just this time.

There were kids everywhere with their parents, running around laughing and covered in red. I think every child there had red hands and red all over their mouths from sneaking the strawberries when their parents weren’t looking (which is totally fine since they encourage you to try the berries as soon as you walk up to the farm).

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The end result was one beautiful gallon of strawberries. We had so much fun and can’t wait to try our next pick your own adventure (blackberries and blueberries are coming up later in the summer!). The taste of fresh fruits and produce from the farm just puts grocery stores to shame and with so many places so close to DC there really isn’t a reason not to.

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