Hi all! I figured I would begin my first blog post with my most recent bucket list adventure: strawberry picking. One of my best friends and I have been trying to go fruit picking for the past two summers now. We suggested the adventure on a whim a few years ago when we were trying to figure out something to do one summer day, yet either called the farms too late in the day or called when there was no fruit available because it was too early in the season. I remember laughing after asking many of the places “Hi! Are you open for picking?” because we had neglected to look up what fruit was in season; we mostly got, “What kind of picking?” as a response.
This summer, we were a little more prepared. I found a great website that lists all of the pick-your-own farms in the United States, as well as internationally, with detailed lists of what fruits are in season and when the farms are open. May is strawberry season, but many of the farms I called needed another two weeks before the strawberries were ready.
Although it was a bit of a drive, we eventually found a beautiful pick-your-own farm, Terhune Orchards, in Princeton, NJ, that was open until 6, another plus since many places closed after 3. There were rows and rows of strawberries and they are delicious! The workers were such nice people and there was also a quaint farmer’s market there, which had unique options like an apple cider slush machine. I’d only ever been apple picking in the fall when I was fairly young, so this was a great experience. Because the farm was so close to the heart of the college town, we spent the rest of the day walking around beautiful Princeton and ate at a nice restaurant located down a European-style side street. The last photo on the right is a shot of the Princeton fountain, where many parents had taken their kids to go for a swim on the hot day!
Do you have fruit picking on your bucket list/are you going to add this activity? If you’ve already been, I’d love to hear about your experience or farms you would recommend!