I have been talking quite a bit about kids needing to experience the outdoors, and projects like this one on Indiegogo immediately get my attention (http://www.indiegogo.com/childobesity).
As a child in Finland, at the end of each summer, my family would travel to visit grandmother and pick berries, walk the forests, swim in lakes, explore the fields, sleep in barns, bathe in sauna, cook sausages over a camp fire… I really wanted to share something similar with my children – but berry picking in Australia did not seem possible – until we discovered the pick your own Berry Farm.
I am sure that other berry farms would offer something similar, but being the only one within reasonable distance for a day trip, Clyde River Berry Farm has become our favourite. (their website is www.clyderiverberryfarm.com.au)
It was raining that morning and the weather forecast did not seem promising. Despite the fact, we were determined to visit the farm. Geared with rain jackets and gumboots we headed south passed Ulladulla and Termeil.
Picking your own berries is a lovely experience. You get to be outdoors, spend time with your family, talk and reflect and pick these sweet and wonderful berries. The berries at Clyde River Farm are top quality, the owners super friendly and the ice cream not half bad either…
I felt almost proud being able to show my children the correct way to pick berries to avoid them dropping down between your fingers. At the end of our picking, on our way back to the cars, my 4 year old was pointing at all the wasted berries that had been dropped to the ground and stated: “People just don’t know how to pick berries!”. You said it, son!
That day we had my famous Berries and Roasted Oatmeal Desert with some whipped cream for first, second and third course. I know this sounds a little cliche, but it was ‘berrylicious’!
If you haven’t been to a berry farm with your family yet, do go! Take it easy, go with the flow, smell every smell and absorb every detail, answer every question and be there, JUST BE PRESENT. The reward cannot only be measured in the amount of berries, but in the number of smiles on your children’s faces…
Oh, and we never needed the rain jackets nor the gumboots