It’s the 1st of December which means it’s officially Summer! One of the things I love about summer is all the stone fruit and berries available. My kids devour them every time and we go through a lot of fruit.
Something we always wanted to do with the girls is find a strawberry farm where we can pick our own berries and teach them how it all works. Most of the pick your own (PYO) fields only open on Boxing day. Now its tradition that a lot of people hit the shops for the big Boxing Day sales, why would anyone do that after just spending the month before at the shops buying stuff for Xmas, go figure! Right back to picking fruit! So why not try something a bit different this Boxing Day and hit the orchards instead.
Last year we headed to Sweet Red orchard to pick our very own strawberries, however we kinda got the timing wrong and went in October! But we still had a look at all the fields, and bought a few punnet’s of amazing strawberries and off course fresh strawberry ice cream. Even though we went when you couldn’t pick the fruit it was pretty busy.
I think it’s such a cool thing to do with kids, getting them outside in the fresh air, looking for fruit and seeing where it comes from. We took this one step further and planted our own strawberries at home and it was super easy to do. The girls loved watching them grow and then running out and picking them when they were ready. Organic as it comes. We bought a couple of the big tubs from Bunning’s Warehouse and drilled a few holes around the bottom. You can get a bag of Tui Strawberry Mix soil from most garden shops. Once the strawberry plants were planted we added some pea straw and you’re done.
Below is a list of links for Strawberry farms that you can visit and pick your own. There is one listed for the Hamilton region as well. I’ve had a look for some Blueberry farms but there isn’t much in the Auckland region at all.
The Strawberry Farm (Hamilton)
So I hope you will grab the kids and find a field where you can pick your own berries for summer, and create amazing memories.