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Pick Your Own Berries to Have a Healthy, Fun Weekend Activity

Get Physical: Pick Your Own Berries

Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries — fresh-picked berries are one of my favorite things about Summer.

For a weekend adventure that's fun for the entire family, I like to go berry picking. Not only do I feel that it's important for my girls to see where food actually comes from, it is also a fun and physical activity. In fact, according to Fitness magazine, you can burn over 600 calories with two hours picking berries. Plus, it tires out the kids, ensuring long weekend naps — every parent's dream.

To find a farm near you that lets you harvest your own fruit, visit the Pick Your Own website. The easiest search method is to click on your state and scroll down the page to the state map. Then just click on the county you live in to find a local farm.

For a few tips on berry picking,


  • Arrive early, because many farms can be picked clean by noon. Plus, it is cooler in the morning and more pleasant.
  • Bring your own containers. I like to bring wide and shallow pieces of Tupperware. If you stack too many berries on top of one another, they bruise. So don't spoil all your hard work by making heaping piles of fruit.
  • Don't forget to apply sunscreen before you start picking. Make sure to slather up the back of your neck, too.
  • Pack plenty of water and snacks. Harvesting berries makes for thirsty work.

When you get home, you can make a tasty fruit salad or just eat the fruit plain. It will be so fresh, ripe, and delicious. YumSugar has some berry tasty recipes for you try.

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bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Tica it's annoying me too.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
love picking blackberries and raspberries! I recently found a bush in a local park not too far from my house. It's pretty hidden so I get them all to myself =) Watch out for thorns!
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
argh, what's with these re-posts from 2008 & 2009??? it sucks when you've been a long time subscriber - or even for new member looking for something novel - to be given recycled articles!! not to mention with it being summer, there's a plethora of sports related stuff to discuss. rant over. yeah, we had guests over and their little foraging kids discovered that there are redcurrants in our garden and picked them for us. i think we also have blueberries and my gran's house has a mulberry tree, which are my faves
amber512 amber512 7 years
Unfortunately I have many childhood memories of being forced to spend HOURS picking berries with my parents. I don't think I'll ever want to subject myself to that again!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
Here we go strawberry picking in March or April and blueberry picking in May. I usually get all I need in less than an hour, though! This year I got ten quarts of strawberries for $5 and a gallon of blueberries for $12. The berries all came in late since we actually had a whole week of real winter, and farmers were desperate to get rid of the berries so they could move on to the next crop.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
we went blackberry picking the other weekend, my hands were bleeding, i almost pooed myself because of the snakes but they were so worth it.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Blackberries are a weed where I grew up. They used to take over the driveway and scratch the cars, and we'd have to mow them down and poison them. To this day I can't stand them, yet where I live now they're like three bucks a pound.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
Unfortunately the only places near here for that are in the county above the one I live in which isn't that far away but it's not likely that I'd get to go.
bigsee bigsee 9 years
best part about living in idaho... we're usually only a short hike away from huckleberry picking. best to wear pants and sneakers...and be wary of bears!
italianblonde italianblonde 9 years
Me and my dad love picking berries!! I actually think it's really fun.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
I remember when my parents used to take my sister and I...those were some good times :)
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I pick my own raspberries from my dad's raspberry patch. He always tells me "They're free, but you'll pay the price in mosquito bites!" Which is totally true. And wear long sleeves because the prickers will scratch you otherwise!
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I use to love picking berries in the summer with my grandpa. I loved those times.
blackdove5 blackdove5 9 years
My boyfriend and I just went to a local farm and went strawberry picking yesterday! We picked 2 large pints (? - it was 8 cups total) of strawberries for $3 a pint - less than what we find at the grocery store and they are all hand chosen. It was a week day afternoon and other than a couple of moms with their kids it was not crowded and plenty of berries to choose from. Cherry season will also be starting in a few weeks and we will be going back for that. I would also advise to wear sneakers and long pants - I startled a small snake while I was picking.
jdeprima jdeprima 9 years
Ha, I remember many sweltering afternoons of forced labor in the strawberry fields with my mom. But I also remember wonderful afternoons of eating my way through raspberry thickets with my brother and other kids from the neighborhood.
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