Today was a perfect 71.0 degrees Fahrenheit in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. The thing to do on a day like this? Spend it outside soaking up some vitamin D!
To that end, a friend and I decided to take a trip to Brookdale Farms in Chesapeake, VA for some leisurely strawberry picking.
Four tips for successful strawberry picking: 1) Only pick fully ripe (as in completely red) strawberries; 2) pinch the stalk to remove–do not pull and tug on the strawberry; 3) “mutant” strawberries, or otherwise imperfectly shaped strawberries are just as yummy as perfectly shaped strawberries–pick them too; and 4) keep the head on the strawberry until you are ready to eat/use it. This will keep the strawberry fresher longer.
As you can see, we made out with a pretty stellar haul.
I have no idea what I’m going to do with all of these strawberries, but I’ll try to come up with some festive recipes in the next couple of days. I also picked up some of the farm’s freshly jarred peach salsa. Stay tuned for possible future posts if my trial recipes are successful.
Since the day was too perfect to end it right then and there, we hopped over to the adjacent farm for some freshly made strawberry ice cream and subsequent feeding of animals (just some goats and an adorable sheep!).
My friend and I are both attorneys and were slightly amused by the signs above (way to cover potential liabilities, Brookdale farms!). Nevertheless, we proceeded to feed the goats, which my friend immediately decided was a bad idea. It was a bit too late for her, however, as an aggressive white goat saw the grains in her hand and blocked her path to the seemingly calmer sheep in the distance.
This of course led to a successfully executed distraction by me as I dropped a trail of grains away from my friend, pulling the goat’s attention and allowing her to escape. There was only one problem with this ingenious plan–the goat was now chasing me! In a bout of quick thinking, I threw another handful of grain in the opposite direction of which I was running then made my breakaway to the lone sheep. Lesson #1: Never let a goat see food in your hands! Ever!
The farm also happened to have the most adorable piglets for sale. We toyed with the notion of explaining to our landlords that piglets are approximately the same size as dogs and should therefore be allowed to live in our apartments as pets…but piglets grow…womp womp.
To finish off the day, we took a day trip to Colonial Williamsburg where we had a delightful lunch at The Cheese Shop, a tryst at a tea and spice store, and sensory overload at the Wythe gourmet candy store.
What do you do on a perfect weather day? Sound off below!
Peace, Love, and Live Life Full,