Today is the first (official) day of summer!
And although our "summer" is already in full swing, it is always exciting to look a season from the start and imagine all the adventures that lie ahead.
The kids and I decided that we would start off the season with a morning of strawberry picking at a local farm. Every time we go picking it is always such a reality check about just how much work it takes to grow the food that we eat.
We had the easy part- picking. But as the sun beat down on our tired, bent-over backs and straw tickled our feet between the rows (this was a huge annoyance for one of my children), we realized just how much energy, time and patience goes into planting, growing, harvesting, storing and preparing food.
Needless to say, much to my disappointment, Sophia and Nicolas decided that they would never want to be farmers (this doesn't mean that their parents can never be though!!!!).
The picking was only part of the experience. We got straight to jam making as soon as we arrived home. We kept it simple and made freezer jam so that the kids could help out at each stage- washing, mashing, mixing, pouring and let's not forget, the most important step... tasting!
I have a dream of having a fully stocked pantry and freezer with all homemade food items. This is one tiny step into that direction of that enormously large dream.
**If you're interested in learning more about the extraordinary endeavor of growing, harvesting and living off of that food only, look into Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. This has been my favorite spring book and currently my favorite summer book also!!**