Each summer, we make it a point to hit up one of the Wabash Valley strawberry patches that have a u-pick option, because the kids always have a fantastic time! Based on our experiences, here’s what I’d recommend for anyone who plans to visit a strawberry patch with kids.
Dress the kids accordingly. I thought that ticks and bugs might be a problem, so my girls (ages one and three) wore jeans. Big mistake! They were miserably hot. Plus, the orchard had placed straw in the rows, so I didn’t feel like bugs were much of a problem. On the other hand…
Bring sunscreen. Or hats. And sunglasses. Or a combination of hats, sunscreen, shade umbrellas, and sunglasses.
BYObucket. Or don’t. Most strawberry patches have containers in which you can collect your berries. We brought along gallon ice cream containers, which could hold more than the usual green berry baskets.
Bring cash (or call about accepted forms of payment before you go). There’s a chance your orchard/strawberry patch/farm won’t be equipped to handle credit card transactions.
Don’t underestimate the littlest tots. We had about ten kids in our group, and my three-and-a-half-year-old was the oldest. All of the kids who could walk seemed to enjoy the picking process. Sure, they sampled a berry or two, but my oldest was intent on collecting as many bright, red berries as possible. On that note…
Prep your pickers. On the way to the strawberry patch, I reminded my little ones that we were looking for red berries without bad spots or holes.