Strawberries are the fruit of choice in our house. When I let Mila know she could actually go strawberry picking, we had to leave immediately.
Of course she had to dress for the occasion and picked out this fitting outfit.
Since strawberry season is coming to a close in Ohio, we had to find a place that was still doing you-picks. I ended up finding Smokey Lane Farms in Sugarcreek, Ohio.
It was actually their last you-pick day!
Smokey Lane Farms was a smaller farm that had two areas to pick strawberries. It also had places for kids to play and farm animals.
When we first got there, we started picking in the first field. It was pretty sparse since it was the last day, but Mila seemed to find a lot.
I’m pretty sure she ate more than what ended up in her bucket.
Who can blame her right?
One thing I wish I would have done before we started picking was to tell her what to look for. She picked small berries, mushy berries, or any that her eyes could see.
If I could go back, I would have told her to get big, light red berries that were mushy.
Live and learn!
After we found a bunch of strawberries in the first field, we took a play break.
She went down the slides, jumped on the air trampoline, and attempted to climb the ropes. Good thing mom was there to help out a little. I think her goal right now is to solo swing across the monkey bars.
We also ended up strolling through their green houses and checking out the farm animals.
After playing with some new friends on the playground, Mila was ready to tackle the second strawberry field. Thankfully, there were bigger strawberries so I could show her what we were looking for.
Let’s just say… she ate a ton of those too.
In all, I think we were at Smokey Lane Farms for like three hours or more. We loved finding the strawberries and just being outside.
It was the perfect day to go: not too hot or cold.
One thing I’d suggest to parents is to bring water. Mila drank a lot and it was nice to have some on hand.
We obviously didn’t need any snacks!
Not only was it nice to get outside with Mila, we love exploring new places.
It’s been years since I’ve been strawberry picking and it was Mila’s first time. Maybe it can turn into a fun first of summer tradition with our family.
I love having the opportunity to start and keep these types of family outings. Mila loves exploring and I know I do too.
Maybe we’ll have to try their blueberry you-pick!
Since we have a huge bucket of strawberries, it’s time to make our strawberry recipes and enjoy them.
I think we’ll be doing strawberry chocolate chip cookies first!
Have you ever been strawberry picking? What’s your tip to finding the perfect strawberry?
Also, if you’re from Ohio, what other local adventures should we try?