Is there a better seasonal activity for a toddler that benefits the whole family than berry picking?
We ventured to Butler's Orchard on Saturday to catch the end of blueberry season and pick blackberries. What fun! And Mason was actually super helpful! Although he ate his way through the blueberry patch, some of the berries he picked ended up in his bucket. We fared better with his help in the blackberry patch (although these berries were harder for him to pull from the bush, so he didn't get quite as many)--they were too tart for his taste, so we yielded nearly 100% in the bucket from his picking.
This was our first time at Butler's Orchard and it was fabulous. We rode on a trailer pulled by a tractor to the blueberry patch, much to Mason's delight. There were all kinds of free, fun activities for him, including these giant slides that we slid down using burlap sacks.
And the best part of all outings involving berry picking? The warm cobbler with vanilla ice cream that evening. As my friend, who engaged in a similar outing with her family recently, said, "I think all berry picking should end in cobbler. Yum."