The summer heat has yielded to cooler fall temperatures. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky this morning. Kathy came up with an idea for a family activity. “Let’s go berry picking”. She researched some farms that allow you to pick your own fruit & vegetables. She found a farm in Deleplane, Virginia called Hollin Farm. We drove 50 miles west of Washington. The Interstate highway led us to a State highway. Next was a county road, and finally a dirt road which was pitted from tractor use. As we entered the farm property, we passed a field of cows and pigs. Already, the kids were excited. Once we parked, we immediately walked back to the pig pen so Peter & Emma could see & hear them up close. In case you don’t know this, pigs are dirty, loud, and don’t smell all that great! We then passed a
family that had just come from the berry patch. I have never seen such beautiful raspberries before. We grabbed a few containers & headed directly for the raspberry patch. Peter and Emma were both captivated. Peter diligently picked ripe berries & gently placed them in our baskets.
Once we collected our share of berries, Kathy & Emma picked some tomatoes and peppers. I found some nice cucumbers, but Emma & I really had a ball getting the freshest carrots in the world. We had to find them (not so easy, actually – one must spot the appropriate greenery, grab a shovel… and dig!)
Tonight’s dinner included some fabulous carrots, and was followed by an amazing fruit salad, featuring vine-ripened, super-fresh raspberries!