Teresa M. Pelham
9:09 AM EDT, June 17, 2013
Mother Nature has been pretty tough on local farms this season. Five of the six acres of strawberries at the Pickin’ Patch in Avon were under water this weekend, so my boys’ annual trip with their Nana did not provide us with the biggest and best crop.
But there were berries to be found; we just had to look a little harder.
Because I’m a parenting columnist and I’m constantly trying to turn everyday life experiences into a lesson (pr at least a blog post), plenty of eye rolling occurred in that muddy patch. It’s so important to support our local farmers, and all of our local businesses, I told them. (You’re so annoying, Mom.) Did I ever tell you about the times on my best friend’s farm when I was your age and we would have hours of fun with no electronics? (Yes, Mom, about a million times.)
But I had another good one for them: Sometimes the fruit doesn’t just jump into your basket. Sometimes you’ve got to really search for those super-juicy, tiny berries.
We did search, and picked just enough fruit to make a batch of Nana’s awesome strawberry jam.Lessons, like fruit, are everywhere. You might have to try a little harder to find them, but they’re there. (Feel free to stop rolling your eyes now, kids. It’s over.)