Are you looking for ways to get your family outside? Why not go to a u-pick berry farm and pick berries or other produce as a family?
My Experience At a U-Pick Berry Farm
This summer my daughters and I did a road trip from Alberta to California. While in California, we picked up my father-in-law and headed up some of the west coast of the US. In British Columbia, we visited the Whistler area. On the day we left that area, we stopped by an organic farm in the Pemberton area to pick blueberries. Brielle (2 years old) didn’t pick very many berries, and some of the ones she picked were green. Chloe (6 years old) picked more berries, but still not nearly as many as my father-in-law and I picked. But it was a neat opportunity to get the kids out on a farm where they could see what it is like to pick blueberries. And being able to eat some blueberries while we were picking was great too! We came home with a lot of blueberries to freeze!
Do you think this might be the type of activity that your family would enjoy? If so, keep in mind that you aren’t necessarily limited to blueberries or even just a u-pick berry farm. What about picking other kinds of berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc.), apples or peaches or pears, tomatoes, cucumbers, or other types of food.
If you are in a hot area, you might want to get an early start so that you can be outside on the farm before it gets too hot.
- Remember that kid’s attention spans aren’t necessarily as long as that of an adult. Don’t plan to take too long picking fruit or your kids might decide that they hate farms and picking produce.
- Dress appropriately – some berry plants have thorns, some weeds might make you itchy, etc. A sun hat might be a good idea, as might sunscreen and insect repellant.
- You can confirm with the farm upon arrival to make sure that they are okay with your family eating some of the fruit/berries as you pick.
- Check with the farm ahead of time to find out what the dates are for various varieties of produce to be picked as well as their hours of operation. Make sure they allow children on the farm. Ask if buckets are provided to put the produce in as you pick. Also, ask what you should bring to transport the produce home with you.
- Concerned about chemicals and stuff? Look into organic farms.
- When on an extended holiday, consider how long the fruit or veggies will stay good so that you don’t end up with a bunch of spoiled stuff.
- If you are traveling internationally when you plan to visit a farm, check into customs regulations if you plan to bring produce across international borders.
The u-pick berry farm we went to for blueberry picking was the North Arm Farm near Pemberton BC (not far from Whistler).
Have you tried picking at a u-pick farm as a family? How did it go? Let me know in the comments below!