Saturday, June 18, 2011

Strawberry pickin'

One of the things I have LOVED about this area is all the fresh produce. This time of year is always so much fun with all the U-pick farms and the farmers markets...not all states have that and I am really gonna miss it.

Any-hoo. Strawberries are finally in season. It felt like it took forever with all the unseasonably cool and wet weather. So last Saturday, while Brandon worked on his presentation for the docs and residents at the VA, Jemma, Carter and I headed off to Dyucks Peachy Pig Farm to pick some strawberries.

No, it wasn't raining...but Jemma insisted on wearing her hood.

We also got to see some of the animals on the farm...several of the hens had little chicks scurrying after them. Very cute.

There were lots of baby pigs...but these little guys were BRAND NEW. Born just the day before. Pretty cool. Both the kids and I were surprised/impressed with the size of the mommy pigs. You can't really tell in the picture, but these ladies were MASSIVE.

They also had a horse, lama, goats, rabbits...and I did spot a rat who scurried under the floor boards when we approached one of the pig pens...that freaked the kids out and Carter insisted I carry him after that. It made me think of Templeton on "Charlotte's Web".

Since bringing our strawberries home, we've made our freezer jam (seriously essential. pb&j's are NASTY with the store bought stuff), a strawberry pie on Father's Day (a little tart, but I sorta just winged time I'll find a recipe, or at least add more sugar), had smoothies and just eaten them by the handful. Delish!


Kristina said...

I was just thinking you needed to update your blog, mostly because I miss you guys too much. And, today I was just thinking I needed to take my kids strawberry picking too. There's nothing like Oregon strawberries though. Hey, where was Gavin? And I can't believe you guys are wearing jackets still! Those baby pigs are too cute. I bet your pie was delish... everything you make is divine!

Sharee and Arthur said...

Oh that looks like so much fun! I haven't heard of any U-pick farms around here. :( Maybe I haven't investigated enough . . . we haven't had homemade strawberry jam in forever, and now I'll be obsessing over it until I get some. Those little pigs were darling!

Jas and Rach said...

That is one of the things I miss the most about Forest Grove. Especially the Hood strawberries. yummers

Mitch n' Molly said...

Hey! I remember that horse! I fed him carrots on more than one occasion! Ahhh the peachy pig farm! I LOVED that place and the animals! Do me a favor and bring carrots next time he LOVES them.