May 13, 2013

Strawberry Picking at Phillips Farm of Cary

This weekend we took the kids to a farm for their first time to pick strawberries. Well actually it was the first time they ever picked anything and their first time on a farm. I thought it would be fun but I had no idea how much fun we would have or that we would end up spending 3 hours there playing.

When we arrived at Phillips Farm of Cary the kids were very excited about the play area, but we wanted them to pick the strawberries first. At the ripe old ages of three and five we had to help the kids at first since they wanted to pick everything. What started out as a fun family outing turned into a science lesson. I love it when things work out that way. The kids were fascinated to see food growing out of the ground and that the green strawberries would eventually turn red. Mark loved the strawberries that were half green and half red and he showed me everyone!  After a few minutes they understood only to pick the red ones and they were off and running.

Mark was the big winner in the picking the most strawberries contest, he picked 3.4 pounds! Isabella was just over 3 pounds and Molly was just under 3 pounds. They had fun picking the strawberries and this little guy didn't want to wait for them to get cleaned.

After we were done picking the strawberries, we headed over to the play area. There was tons of stuff to do from corn hole to cow rides. My kids loved the slide, tractors, and feeding the goats.

Is that the coolest slide you've ever seen?

Cow Train Ride

We ended up staying in the play area for a little over two hours. We would have stayed longer but the dark clouds were blowing in and it was almost nap time. Brett and I had to drag the kids off the field and into the car. When we got home I realized that I had almost 9.5 pounds of strawberries to eat. I decided to make strawberry shortcake for dessert that night. After all it's one of my all time favorite desserts and the sweetest strawberries should go into dessert right?

My favorite picture of the day!

I'm so glad we moved to North Carolina and now my family can enjoy many days like Saturday. It was great spending the day outside and having fun together as a family. I think we are really going to like in here!

Have you ever taken your kids strawberry picking?



  1. I've been berry picking nearly every summer. I loved it as a kid! And still as an adult. You should try growing a few things this summer to see if the kids enjoy it. Beans are by far the easiest things to grow. Plant, water, and they grow very quickly. Plus they taste so sweet picked and eaten in the garden.


  2. I totally missed that you moved to NC! I'm in Wake Forest. :) Strawberry picking is so much fun--we haven't gone since we moved here, but now we'll know where to go!


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