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May 25, 2020

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Life with Littles | Strawberry Picking

Our four children standing in the strawberry field
Naomi scanning rows for strawberries
Girls searching for strawberies
Zoe standing in the strawberry field with a straw hat
Naomi scanning rows for strawberries
Looking for strawberries
Zoe proudly showing her first ripe strawberry
Naomi picking a strawberry
Zoe standing in the strawberry field with a straw hat

We eagerly await this time of year, the 5 or 6-week strawberry picking season. Once we tasted the warm, fresh strawberries straight from the ground, nothing could compare (not even the Farmers’ Market). I love how local, seasonal treats can help instill patience, appreciation for hard work, and anticipation for each season. The kids really LOVE strawberry picking. The girls each filled their own basket easy-peasy, and Jojo carried a basket and happily transferred all my strawberries into his basket. Such lovely memories and moments with our children!

We tried growing our own strawberries, and they produced wonderfully, and multiplied each year until we had an entire 8′ x 20′ strawberry patch. BUT the ants managed to snatch the strawberries right before they ripened, so we temporarily gave up on growing our own. The Wegmeyer family, owners of our favorite strawberry farm, do it for us (and clearly much better). They’re about one week into the May-June strawberry season.

These photos were from our first trip to their Oatlands Field in Leesburg, on one of the first days of the season. This location is my favorite; the sprawling field and the historic mansion in the distance make for a quite picturesque experience. I just love imagining all that’s transpired in these fields over the past several hundred years; I’m so grateful to live in an area with such an incredible history.

Wegmeyer Farm has 3 locations in Loudoun County: the Home Farm in Purcellville, Oatlands Historic Mansion in Leesburg, and Gilbert’s Corner in Aldie. If you’re looking for something to do outdoors with the whole family, definitely consider making a trip to Wegmeyer’s. To pick, they’re requiring pre-registration on their website. Each evening they open up the slots for the following day. They’ve been selling out quite fast, so hop on it if you want to pick some strawberries this year! Enjoy!

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