Weekend Wanderings: Picking Strawberries

Happy Saturday everyone! This morning Taylor and I hit the road early in the name of fresh fruit. Not just any fruit mind you, these are Orchard Pond strawberries, arguably IMG_2036.JPGthe finest ones grown in the south (can you tell I’ve been binge watching Southern Charm?). Orchard Pond is an organic farm that was founded in 2008 on the outskirts of Tallahassee and not only do they host a strawberry U-pick every spring, but they grow a huge variety of fruitsProcessed with VSCO with c1 preset and veggies in addition to producing pesto, granola, honey and grass fed beef (which also means they make beef jerky!!). Their tupelo honey is my absolute favorite, and if I can’t make it out to the Tallahassee Farmer’s Market at Market Square on the weekend I can scoop up a bottle (or two) at my local Whole Foods or Lucky’s which is pretty sweet (see what I did there?).

Anywho, back to strawberries. We got to the farm around 9:30am and went to town. We ended up with two pounds Processed with VSCO with c1 presetof berries for about 11 bucks, and it was a struggle not to eat them all right in the field. They look so red and juicy, and the great part is that there were a ton of berries still waiting to ripen so there will hopefully be several more U-pick weekends for those that couldn’t make it out today. Processed with VSCO with c1 presetWhile it was still pretty shaded in the morning, if you’re going I would definitely recommend a hat in addition to close toe shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. I am a weirdo that already has 5 mosquito bites just from walking Lola, so I loaded up on bug spray even though I don’t really think it was necessary.  If strawberries (or farms) aren’t your thing, I still highly recommend checking out the other products Orchard Pond has to offer. Next on the list is checking out the blackberry U-pick at Wakulla Berries in June!

-Melissa

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