In March of last year, Kris, the kids and I all hiked out here to pick and eat strawberries. We had fun that day (even though we got lost), and filled ourselves with strawberries. We left thinking, cool trip but the strawberries certainly weren't worth the $60 we paid for them.
What I didn't realize is how much the taste of the berries vary between just a couple weeks!
Fast forward to this year...and my first thought when I saw the price at the main office was: there is NO WAY these two little kids and I will eat $45 worth in ichigo (strawberry). But, we bought our tickets and made our way to greenhouse #8 with the rest of our group. When we got to the house, some parents decided to take their kids to the restroom before heading in (once you go in, you can't come out and then go back in). I saw the port-a-potty and said, "No thanks, we'll wait".
Once everyone was ready, we walked on in and started chowing down. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! I can't even tell you how amazing these strawberries were! I will say, when we left this year I didn't at all feel like we paid enough for the berries we ate! They were AMAAAAZING!!!! Every single ichigo we picked was huge! And sweet! And juicy! And just gosh darn DE-LICIOUS!!!!
See the tall green weed-looking things behind Mackenzie? We couldn't figure out what they were. After having a yard full of green onions in Mississippi, that's what I immediately thought they were. Turns out, they are actually garlic plants. The garlic helps keep the bugs away from the houses.
We actually didn't even make it to the 30 minute mark before we weren't able to eat any more. We definitely got our vitamin C for the day, shoot, maybe even the week!
After strawberry picking, we headed over to a little park. It was just down the Ichigo-Mikan road (a little path with strawberries and tangerines painted on the fence). The park was a little open area with a stream that ran along the edge. All the kids ran around for a bit, getting some of the sugar out of their system, hopefully!
It's hard to see in this picture, but we were able to walk to one side of the greenhouse and check out the strawberry plants' roots. A science lesson on a strawberry adventure!
From here, we walked back to Junko's house. On the way the moms started to make another port-a-potty trip and I thought, well, maybe we should do this now before we walk 20 minutes to Junko's. So, off we went. Okay, I must say, this was the nicest port-a-potty I have ever seen! It was definitely MUCH nicer than many restrooms I've been in States-side! It was clean. It didn't smell. It had actual toilet paper. WOW!