A Fruitful Adventure


Let me just say it: I LOVE SPRING BREAK!

And maybe one more thing: I CAN’T WAIT FOR SUMMER!

I have really enjoyed the freedom that has come with Spring Break to jump in the car and go wherever we please with no schedules to work around and no homework to do. We’ve done the pool, Disney, Ikea and the beach. Today I decided that we needed to do a first for my kids.

We got up early, which I swore I wouldn’t do on Spring Break, and left almost about the same time we would leave for school. We had to get an early start because the forecast was calling for rain after noon and we wanted to be sure to be done and at home with our pickings by the time any and all storms hit. I had googled “U pick oranges” and found a website that listed all the places in Florida to pick your own produce. There is an Orange Grove I want to visit in the future, but Sledd’s strawberries was the closest to us so that is where we went.  I was a bit worried that Ethan might stomp on the strawberry plants but he did really well and was actually really into picking them. I had to be more careful that he not pick unripe or overripe berries.

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We had so much fun!

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And before we knew it we had 10.5 lbs of juicy strawberries picked.

We added in a 1/2 gallon of Mr. Sledd’s freshly squeezed orange juice (he has groves too but he doesn’t do U pick oranges, I asked) and we were all set. He was so nice, he let the kids pick some strawberries just for eating right then(he even washed them for us) for free, and he gave us each a cup or orange juice for tasting.

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Once we were home we posed for another picture with our pickings and then went to work. So far we have 8 16oz jars of strawberry jam and we just finished a delicious dinner of waffles topped with strawberries and cream,  and our orange juice too. But I still have a large colander full of large ripe red strawberries that I need to decide what to do with before they go bad.

It was definitely a yummy adventure!

For locals go HERE for the info on Mr. Sledd’s Strawberries. (You can see all U pick places on this site but scroll down pretty far and you’ll start seeing listings for Brevard County and his is the first one.)



  1. Emily Humphries · March 31, 2011

    Jen I can’t believe how big your kids are getting. Looks like great fun!

  2. Melissa · March 31, 2011

    Fun! Try Our Best Bites strawberry syrup! Its divine on ice cream, chocolate cake, and waffles!

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