One of my favorite things to do is to get outdoors with my family. I am very easily a homebody but as soon as I get outside I feel renewed. The more I go outside, the more I want to be outside and I see the same thing in my kiddos. We are fortunate enough to have a group of friends who feel the same way so every week we meet on Tuesday mornings and explore somewhere. Since most of the kiddos are pretty young, we usually stick to nature centers, farms and easier hikes.
This week we visited Kenny’s Strawberry Farm in Fallbrook, CA. Kenny’s Strawberry Farm is similar to other U-Pick farms we’ve been to but let me tell you, if you’ve never picked fresh strawberries, you need to ASAP. These are the best strawberries I’ve ever had, even better than our local farmer’s market’s delicious strawberries. So juicy, so ripe, so so good.
Even Belle can tell that there’s something special about these berries.
Why we like it:
Easy parking: There’s a dirt lot that seems to have ample parking. There was a small field trip and a few other families visiting the day we visited and there seemed to be plenty more parking.
The Collection Baskets: Sounds silly but have you ever taken toddlers and preschoolers fruit picking with a one handled basket? Lets just say, we’ve had plenty of blueberries spill on the dirt floor. The baskets are two handled baskets which make it almost impossible to spill. None of the 7 kiddos we were with spilled their strawberries. Yay!
Easy to pick: Apple picking is hard because they’re up high, veggie picking can be tricky (especially those carrots!) and it’s difficult for the kiddos to decipher ripe blueberries from the unripe ones. Strawberries are easy to get off of the plant and it’s easy to determine if they’re ripe or not. Even the 3 year olds were able to find the ripe strawberries by their deep red color
Picnic Area: There’s a spicket to rinse off your berries (only rinse the ones you’re going to eat there otherwise they’ll go bad really fast!) and covered picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy your strawberries.
What should you bring?
- Cash or credit card
- Good walking shoes
- Baby carrier for tiny ones (this is not stroller friendly)
- Water bottles
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, etc. Aside from the picnic area, there’s not much shade so plan to be out in the sun while you’re picking
- Wipes, cuz you know your kiddos are gonna end up covered in those juicy strawberries
Things you should know:
- They are open Wednesday through Sunday
- Strawberries are $4/lb
- They do accept credit card
- Throughout the year they have other items available for U-pick. You can check out what’s available by clicking here.
This is a pretty quick trip. It only took our group of three mamas and 7 mostly little kiddos about 40 minutes to pick, pay and eat so if you’re driving a ways to get there you might want to head over to Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens for a bit. I have a full post on Myrtle Creek coming soon but for now, you can click the link and check out what they have to offer, a butterfly garden, bird sanctuary, and beautiful grassy areas to run around, plus their strawberry salad and Myrtle Berry Lemonade is delicious!!!!