Sadly the New Zealand Strawberry season is almost at an end. I always look forward to our summer berries as it always brings back such fond childhood memories. My Dad's birthday is on Christmas Eve and it was always a family tradition of ours to go Strawberry picking that day. Sometimes we would add in a little pea picking. I can remember my brother, sister and I shelling them all out when we got home. Unfortunately the Strawberry fields now don't open until boxing day or later. And there are fewer and fewer opening to the public.
However, in January I saw a small article in the North Shore Times about the Troost Family Strawberry Fields and the North Shore Hospice. For the second year running, the Troost Family were opening their gates to the North Shore Hopsice at the end of the picking season. The public were welcome to come and pick and all proceeds went to the North Shore Hospice. What a wonderful thing to do!
Here is the original article http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/north-shore-times/3267449/Strawberry-picking-helps-hospice-this-weekend
And what a wonderful morning it was! We arrived at the 9.00am start time (I always like to arrive before the crowds roll on in around 10.00am) with Maddy carrying our basket. We were kindly pointed in the direction of a field that hadn't been "picked over" yet and away we went.
Yes, Maddy is carrying a chalkboard paint colour chart - but more on that in anthoer blog post coming soon.
For what was considered "end of season", the fruit was amazing! So big, sweet, shiny and lush! Our basket (and tummies) got quickly filled.
Check out Maddys buldging cheeks!
I love the drip of Strawberry juice on the tip of her chin :)
Mama and Maddy x
The aftermath of Maddy in the Strawberry patch.
Our harvest. Gorgeous :)
I highly recommend everyone keep an eye out for this annual event in December 2012. It was a wonderful family day out. At the weigh in station you could also buy other home grown fruit and veggies plus gorgeous home made jams. (I am all about home grown or buying local). The Troost Family also have the most amazing daliha garden which was a rainbow of colours in full bloom. Maddy had all the Hospice volunteers giggling away as she ran around all the dalihas saying "Flower! Hello!".
I'll be sure to post information on the next Strawberry picking event so sign up to my blog and keep in touch x