Saturday, April 14, 2012

Strawberry Fields Forever

Freshly picked strawberries - a mound of God's goodness!  Yesterday, my friend and I took our children to Marburger Orchard, a 'U-Pick' farm near Fredericksburg, Texas, (No connection to my last road trip to Marburger Farm Antique Show - or maybe the connection is that I like going to places with the word 'burger' in the name).  It was a beautiful day with perfect weather and row after row after row of bright red dollops of strawberry deliciousness.  This is just one section of the strawberry field.

Our plan for the day was to pick the berries, then go home and make as much jam as possible. This plan has all the elements of a great homeschooling field trip - friends, fun, food, AND you benefit from your work with a year's supply (hopefully) of jam (Home School Objective: where your food is grown and produced.) We piled in the car and headed out about 8:15.  By 3:30, we had driven there and back, picked, washed, hulled, made and eaten lunch, chopped, cooked, and canned 18.5 pounds of strawberries - 36 jars or about 40 cups of jam! And thanks to another friend, we knew how to make jam using only 1/4 of the sugar that regular jam recipes use.
Some of our beautiful bounty!

I am thankful for all the workers that grew those luscious strawberries!  It was a day filled with praise for all the goodness that flows from our Father!
"For you shall eat the labor of your hands; happy shall you be, and it shall be well with you" Psalm 128:2

1 comment:

  1. I remember when you taught me to can! Yum! We love pickin berries there! Nice pix of you and little bit..well not so little anymore! :)


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