Strawberry Pickin’

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On May 25th, Memorial Day, our family decided to go strawberry picking. A true family outing. Ingram Farm is a family farm owned by the family of our missionary friends Chris and Claudia Ingram. Tim had never been before so this was a treat. I packed a picnic lunch and away we went. Well, not very far away, about a half hour. We had a couple of guests with us: Rachel’s “friend” who is a boy, Donny; and Channing, 4-month-old son of another of Rachell’s friends. It was a beautiful warm day and we claimed our buckets and went out, without instructions. Kept wondering why we were the only ones in the field we chose. Well, duh, they were the most picked over! Found another field with various vegetables in it as well and probably picked the owners’ best stash, but they were good looking strawberries! We finished with 6 buckets full, and at $1.05/pound we spent $68. I now know what $68 worth of strawberries looks like! A bunch, an enormous amount, a ridiculous assortment. But they were ours. After a picnic lunch we left and took some strawberries to my mom for her to enjoy.

Later on, the fun began! We began the strawberry slicing adventure in our kitchen. S and Tim washed, M, Joshua, S and Tim sliced and I bagged. 27 quart bags later we had frozen most of the strawberries. Can you say, happy freezer? And it was a delightful day because it was spent together as a family doing something different. I’m such a homebody, but it was great to get away from life’s responsibilities if even for a short while. Everybody asks what we are going to do with so many strawberries. I’m not really sure. So far, it’s been strawberry shortcake, smoothies and strawberry muffins. Who knows what is next?

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