Strawberry Picking – My Family Ties

Strawberry Fields Forever

A punnet of strawberries on our day out strawberry picking with the family.
I has been too long since we last went out together and did something to make a day full of memories, so we chose a day when Mr MFT wasn’t at work, and we all decided on strawberry picking at a local farm, not far from us.  What a great choice, the day was sunny and bright and the girls were so excited to be picking their own fruits, and the thrill of being able to pick and eat , with no problem. 

Once we parked, we noticed a pen of pigs, so the girls were delighted to feed and talk to them, in fact it was quite hard to tear them away once we had discovered the pigs.
Lara feeding a pig some grass while we went strawberry picking on a lovely day out with the family.
Back to the strawberry, and raspberry picking, after a very energetic go at feeding the pigs with a bit of grass.  There was no shortage of fruits to choose from, Siobhan was so excited, she wasn’t sure where to go first, but soon she was off, on a mission to fill her punnet first.
Lara was more methodical and was looking for the best ones, very choosy, and taste tested the beginning of each row first.  It was a mixture of the glorious weather, the outdoors and being all together that made this the perfect day out.  We spent a good few hours mulling over which ones, how many, and tasting a few more strawberries, before we called it a day and headed off home.
Lara strawberry picking on a lovely day out with the family.

Nothing tastes sweeter than a strawberry picked by you, fresh from the plant.  This was a delicious treat that the girls discovered all over again on this trip, and it was so lovely to watch and photograph the happiness and pleasure they got from the day.

Strawberry picking on a lovely day out with the family.

Siobhan strawberry picking at a lovely day out with the family.

We were talking about what we would make with our little punnet’s of berries, and had a million ideas, fruit kebabs, pavlova, eton mess, but we decided on jam, with some left spare for just picking at. Take a look at how we made our strawberry fridge jam Here

Lara strawberry picking at a lovely day out with the family.
Strawberry picking on the perfect day out with the family.

Siobhan Strawberry picking on the perfect day out with the family.

Siobhan Strawberry picking on the perfect day out with the family.

Siobhan Strawberry picking on the perfect day out with the family.

Strawberry picking on the perfect day out with the family.
A punnet of strawberries while Strawberry picking on the perfect day out with the family.

I think we all had our fill of strawberries, and if you are ever in doubt of if it would be a good day out for your kids, just do it, go for it.  It is really satisfying to watch them have the freedom to forage away at their hearts content, eating as much as they like (or so I told them!), and being outdoors in the sunshine. Finally we topped it off with an ice cream and a sit down to watch the pigs again, and as we drove off both our girls wanted to come back the next day, a huge endorsement for a fun day in the sun.
Have you taken your family out on a trip like this to pick fruit? I would love to hear about it, and what you made from your fruits,  we made some jam, which was delicious.  

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  1. July 23, 2014 / 9:14 am

    Ah lovely, My parents used to take us strawberry picking as children, your post brings back lovely memories. This is something I must take my boys to do x

    • July 23, 2014 / 9:20 am

      Thank you, it brought back lots of happy memories for me too, a lovely day out 🙂 x

  2. July 23, 2014 / 9:49 am

    Hand picked do taste really amazing don't they? I love strawberry picking but always get too much!

    • July 23, 2014 / 11:06 am

      They do taste great, yes it is so easy to go mad and pick loads!

  3. July 23, 2014 / 10:10 am

    Aw wow, looked fab!! I haven't been strawberry picking in ages!! I've been eating so many strawberries during this pregnancy, Im thinking it may be cheaper to go pick my own haha!!
    Lianne | TheBrunetteSays…

    • July 23, 2014 / 11:07 am

      It was a great day. I was crazy about lemons during my pregnancy, I just couldn't get enough! It's funny what you crave:)

  4. July 23, 2014 / 10:36 am

    Love hand picked strawberries, nothing nicer! Sadly, I'm allergic to the plants & can't go near them! Looks as though a fabulous day was had by everyone.

    • July 23, 2014 / 11:08 am

      Oh what a shame! It was a great day, and nice to be out and about instead of stuck indoors! 🙂

  5. July 23, 2014 / 11:11 am

    Sounds like such a lovely day 🙂 you've got some good shots there too! I'm going to have to try and remember to take my little one fruut picking when he's a bit older xx

    • July 23, 2014 / 11:23 am

      Thank you Catriona it was such a lovely day i highly recommend it 🙂

  6. July 23, 2014 / 1:40 pm

    Sounds like you had a nice day out. Really looking forward to doing things like this when our baby pops out next month and grows up a bit. Sometimes some of the simplest things are the most fun – especially if you get to eat whilst doing it! #MadMidWeekBlogHop

    • July 25, 2014 / 9:29 pm

      Thank you Dave, it is so much fun you will love being a parent, it's the best job ever! All the best with the baby x

  7. July 23, 2014 / 2:46 pm

    Such a lovely thing to do, although we haven't managed it this year yet… Too much going on with moving house 🙂 Love your photos, and a strawberry picked by you really does taste sweeter 🙂 #ShareWithMe

    • July 25, 2014 / 9:31 pm

      Thank you Sara, you have had a lot on with moving so far! I hope you are all settling in nicely, love to read your blog 🙂 x

  8. July 23, 2014 / 8:29 pm

    Your pictures are great. I remember my mom making jam from our pickings. I'd love to do the same myself. #sharewithme

    • July 25, 2014 / 9:32 pm

      Thank you so much Louisa, I too used to do this as a kid and love to see my two girls having the same fun 🙂

  9. July 23, 2014 / 10:44 pm

    Got this planned for this weekend, have never been fruit picking, so pretty excited myself.


    • July 25, 2014 / 9:33 pm

      Fantastic! I had forgotten how much fun you could have with something so simple! Enjoy 🙂 x

  10. July 24, 2014 / 2:00 pm

    Lovely post and photos. We're planning on taking our toddler fruit picking when we visit the UK next week, and I can't wait. It was such an integral part of my summers when I was growing up, but as a city kid he just doesn't get to do this kind of thing. I'm really looking forward to seeing his little face when he realised he can pick food off plants 😉 Don't think much will end up in the punnet though!

    • July 25, 2014 / 9:35 pm

      Thank you Eline, it was a lot of fun, and I am sure your toddler will have a great time with the freedom and tasting all the lovely fruit! have fun 🙂 x

  11. July 24, 2014 / 5:28 pm

    I was planning on doing this this summer but I cant find any strawberry field near us. Looks like most fun to do this activity! I am also going to make a jam if we can do this =) #mmwbh

    • July 25, 2014 / 9:37 pm

      Oh I hope you find somewhere to go as it was so much fun! Let me know how you get on 🙂 x

  12. July 25, 2014 / 9:36 pm

    What a wonderful day out with family and picking. We make jam out of all our pickings and I have so many memories of picking all together growing up. Love all the photos. Stunning. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. Sorry for the delay in commenting I had no power for two days due to a storm. Back in action now. Hope to see you again soon. #sharewithme

    • July 25, 2014 / 9:39 pm

      Thank you so much Jenny. It was a lovely day and we are still talking about it here. I have loved linking up with #sharewithme I look forward to next week 🙂 xx

  13. July 26, 2014 / 7:44 pm

    Haha…I now have the Strawberry fields forever song going around my head! Seems like you had a super time and it's one of our favourite things to do #countrykids

    • July 27, 2014 / 8:35 pm

      It was a really great day, underrated I think for such a simple day brought so much pleasure! x

  14. July 26, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    What a lovely place to visit!! Sounds like a lot of fun! Hand picked fruit always seems to taste so much nicer! x

    • July 27, 2014 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you Kim, it was a really enjoyable day and the kids had such a fun day, it really is the simple things that bring so much happiness ! x

  15. July 27, 2014 / 10:53 am

    A perfect family activity for a lovely summers day – just what we did last weekend. Half the fun of picking is the tasting and the kids love to pick their own. Thanks for linking up and sharing your lovely photos with Country Kids.

    • July 27, 2014 / 8:36 pm

      Thanks so much, it was lovely to link up and I will get round to as many as I can this week x

    • August 4, 2014 / 10:10 pm

      It is so much fun for everyone!

  16. Anonymous
    August 4, 2014 / 5:17 pm

    Strawberry picking can be a nice and productive day out. Strawberries delicious, nutritious delights. Some eaten on the day. Whilst some used for strawberry tarts etc. Strawberry jam, is a great way to make use of the strawberries, just as you did.

    Rachel Craig

    • August 4, 2014 / 10:13 pm

      Thank you it was a really fun day, and we loved making recipes with the fruit 🙂

  17. August 15, 2014 / 6:18 am

    This has inspired me to go with my kids. They'd love it and they love strawberries.

    • September 8, 2014 / 9:35 pm

      Fantastic, it is a lovely day out 🙂

  18. September 5, 2014 / 8:18 am

    Strawberries are one of my favourite fruits and what a great day spent as an outing picking strawberries .

  19. September 15, 2014 / 9:31 am

    We used to love going strawberry picking. Great time out in the sunshine then home to enjoy the treats. Sadly not seen any around here recently.

  20. November 27, 2014 / 5:17 pm

    Thank you for a wonderful post and for bringing happy memories back x

  21. March 7, 2015 / 8:22 am

    Love going strawberry picking with the kids – roll on the summer!


  22. July 16, 2015 / 12:03 am

    Mmm, strawberries :p

  23. August 4, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    went strawberry picking last year was so much fun

  24. August 25, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    I used to love strawberry picking when I was a kid – and I wasn't even that fond of strawberries back then! Definitely a great day out.

  25. September 1, 2015 / 5:11 pm

    I must admit I do like strawberries, I find the wilder the better for picking, as those tend to be the sweetest.

  26. Tracy B
    October 4, 2015 / 8:03 am

    How lovely! This is something I've always wanted to do with the children! I must do it next summer!

  27. June 11, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    I love fruit picking, such an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon!

  28. Kim Styles
    June 18, 2016 / 10:13 am

    I remember doing this as a child- I dont think there are so many places that it do it any more