Our momstown Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Burlington & Milton members all met up at Springridge Farm today to get in on the action of sampling the first batch of strawberries of the season. I was super excited since not only was this my first time at the farm but also my first experience ever picking strawberries in a field rather then a grocery store! I could tell Jaxon was ready for the experience as well since he would not let go of the basket.
We were transported to the fields in a wagon drawn by a tractor. As we made our way to one of the furthest fields, I couldn't help but notice the perfect rows of strawberries well spaced out for people to be able to pick from either side. I was rather surprised to learn that the rows were lined with straw. Jaxon wasn't too sure of his footing at first and walked very cautiously getting used to the feeling under his feet. I began picking the berries as he was trying to figure out his surroundings and didn't realize that he had decided to plop himself down right beside the basket and help himself to a couple of strawberries...stem and all! I just had to laugh and of course grab the camera to capture the moment.
After struggling to balance trying to fill the basket while keeping Jaxon out of it, I finally gave up and headed back to the pick up zone to be weighed in and cashed out. Note to self, bring along an extra person when taking a toddler strawberry picking if you want to leave with a full basket!
We finished off our day at Springridge by visiting the children's play area which included a petting zoo, haystacks to climb on, a maze, and a huge sandbox filled with tractors, trucks and all sorts of farm equipment. I can't wait until next week when we return on the weekend with our working mamas!