Few things get me more excited about the long, hot days of summer more than the arrival of summer fruits at my local grocery stores and farmer’s markets. While I love buying fresh fruits from farmer’s markets a lot more than from big grocery stores, because I feel like I’m tasting all the love that went into growing the produce, there’s nothing quite like picking my own fruits from a farm.
I first experienced the joy of a U-Pick berry farm in London, Ontario while visiting a friend’s family. Everyone, including all the young children went out to pick strawberries. It was so much fun choosing each berry and placing it into my bucket. It was even more fun eating the freshly picked strawberries soon afterward — cut up and eaten with vegan vanilla ice cream.