Pick Your Own and Preserve Summer's FlavorElizabeth Stark
One way to give kids a new appreciation for fresh fruits and veggies is to show them where they come from. Since we live in New York, nature, farming, and the countryside can seem kind of distant. Even for people living in rural places, farms can come to feel like something you just drive by but don’t have any real connection to. So whenever we have the chance, we like to head out of the city and visit nearby farms. While our daughter loves being out in the fresh air and seeing the animals, it’s really almost just as fun and relaxing for us.
Apart from providing a much needed opportunity to get outdoors, pick-your-own farms are also great for picking up a couple bushels of fruit to bring home and can. Because it’s usually cheaper than buying at the farmers’ market, it can provide an economical way to load up on high quality produce. This weekend we’ll be heading out to a local farm to get some apples and everbearing strawberries. We’ll also be on the lookout for the last of the peaches and other berries. If you’re interested in picking your own but aren’t sure where to go, we’ve found pickyourown.org to be a valuable resource for finding farms in all fifty states and a few foreign countries, too. If you’re in the New York area, Anarchy in a Jar is also a great reference.
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