We are not outdoorsy people. I leave that one up to Holly. But I do love to find new ways to enjoy the summer sun and get a little vitamin D. I decided to try something new with my little ones: Pick Your Own Fruit. I have done it once in the past and oddly enough, it was with Holly! We went apple-picking before she moved to Alberta. Last fall was also my first foray into a pumpkin patch. I wanted to try something new. It’s officially raspberry season here in Ontario and there’s a farm 15 minutes from my house. Perfect!
Miss O enjoyed taking her little bucket and filling it with raspberries. I will admit that the thrill was short-lived but it wasn’t because the novelty wore off. We went with a few of her buddies and she wanted to play with them instead of pick raspberries. She was more than happy to eat her findings though! Involving kids in the picking of their own fruit is a surefire way to get them to try something new. While you’re at it, check out the vegetable selection too! Your kids might surprise you.
Here’s a quick rundown of the different types of fruit you can pick throughout the warmer months here in Ontario.
July: Raspberries, Blueberries, Currants, Cherries
August: Peaches, Blueberries
Be sure to check the picking schedules of your local farms. A fantastic resource is Harvest Ontario which lists just about every farm in Ontario and what types of produce they offer. You can find pick-your-own farms or just enjoy the fun of the farm and grab some already-picked fruit & veg.