You know how, as a parent, you want your child(ren) to eat well and appreciate simple pleasures? We work to expose them to flavors and provide them with options when it comes to satisfying their appetites as well as their curiosity about what things taste like, and where they come from. Well, there is no better time to do that than now – it’s strawberry season and nothing will teach your kid faster about the superiority of fresh local produce than some time spent in a field picking (and eating) berries.
All over Albany did a great post last week summarizing many of the options available in the Capital District for picking your own berries. On Saturday, Quinn and I headed out to Altamont Orchards and quickly picked three quarts of juicy fruit. We were prepared with our own containers (not too deep because the berries will crush under their own weight), sunscreen and clothing we wouldn’t mind becoming stained from the berry juice. The drive took a little longer than I had expected, but Quinn’s company pretty much entertained me the entire way. Note: the pick-your-own fields are not located in the same location as the farm stand/market. Call for clarification if you plan to head out there.
I wish I had the words to describe how amazingly delicious that first berry I popped into my mouth was…warm from the sun, succulent, juicy, sweet…it tasted so different from a supermarket berry that it isn’t accurate to call them both the same name. When my middle son sampled a couple of berries after we got home, he asked “How come they make the ones in the store taste so different?” I’ve got no answer for that, just a suggestion for him – eat as many of these as you can because the season is way too short. I guess we could take that advice about living in general, right?
For three fine mornings I enjoyed berries in my cereal and with my waffles. Jeter, who is inclined to sit at my feet when he sees me slicing strawberries, also appreciated the berries which I shared with him. We’ve got a quart of cleaned berries in the freezer at the ready for smoothie-making and I’m trying to figure out a way to get back to the fields this coming weekend. Maybe I’ll see you there!