Looking for some family friendly things to do this spring? Take the kids out strawberry picking at Charpia Farms in Summerville, SC. You might find me there juggling the many buckets of fresh produce that my kids have convinced me to carry for them. I’m a big fan of local produce when you can get it fresh. And when I can throw my kids into the mix and enjoy a sunny Saturday together – well, that’s priceless. Sure beats staying home and doing dishes (don’t get me started on my mountain of dishes).
Just grab some old sneakers or boots for tracking through the rows and rows of fresh South Carolina strawberries and get ready to sample! My kids probably threw back several dozen strawberries while I wasn’t looking. And a dozen more while I photographed the heck out of the joy on their faces. 🙂
Here in the low country of South Carolina the strawberries ripen in April – a whole 2 months ahead of upstate New York! I can remember taking my son out on June 1st to Red Hook, NY for a wild rampage through the fields. It was tough having to wait so long. Not so much down south!
Located at 126 Reed Street in Summerville, we happily made the drive since we’re just minutes away. Charpia Farms was busy that first week in April but not so busy that we struggled to find ripe berries. There were plenty to pick from. Make sure you check out their Facebook page for updates, though. Every now and then they need to close for a day to let remaining strawberries ripen. It helps to stay in touch!
My husband and I love the country. But we love it even more when you don’t have to drive hours from your city to find nature. Summerville is like that. Close enough to Charleston but far enough to enjoy what God created while slurping up strawberry juice off your pink-stained fingers.
As a photographer, finding a decent strawberry patch in the spring is top priority. Every year I’ve done a session with my kids in one. You want to remember them this way, you know? The adventure and awe of getting to pick your own treats with no middle man. It’s real.
Thanks, Charpia Farms! You fed us well.
For an awesome way to use up those strawberries check out my recipe for Strawberry Chia Scones with Vanilla Whipped Cream!