A Field of Strawberries and Memories

by admin on June 28, 2013

U Pick Strawberry, Fresh strawberry, family activities, farm strawberry


Last Sunday we went to U- Pick strawberries picking as a family at the Spooner Berry Farm in Yelm, WA.  Going back to this farm after 22 years brought back many of memories when I was first arrived to America.  My first summer (1991) in U.S and I was 12 years old at the time, I picked strawberries to earn my wages at the very farm with my mom, sister, brother-in-law, and brother.  Back in 1990, we earned $.15 a medium bucket and by the end of summer I was able to buy myself a blond Barbie and a 16” 18kt yellow gold necklace. We also picked strawberries for the following summer of 1992. It was my first time having a nice toy to play with.  Yea… a 12 years old girl playing with Barbie was a little weird and delay for average age.  I remembered that I was very proud and happy.  A necklace purchased was entirely not my idea.  It was influenced by the decision of my mother; her theory was that you can resell gold if you ever in a desperate situation and the price of gold increase each year.  She is wise and right; I now concur.  Unfortunately, I no longer have this necklace because it got lost or else it would be a great sentimental piece to me.

Picking Strawberry, Kids picking fruits, Fresh Strawberries


Juicy Strawberry, all U Pick berries, Berries

Starfish Starberry, Farmers, Fruits farm


Moving forward to 2013, I returned with my sister, brother-in-law, husband, and my two dearest sons who are 6 years old and almost 4 years old to this farm.    Picking strawberries is my first experience for my husband and my two sons. The field is much smaller than my recollection but it’s still a very large field.  My sons love picking them and eat straight off the plant while they’re picking.  They were chomping away on a sweet giant freshly-picked. My youngest keep saying, “Mommy, look at this humongous strawberry!” “It is giant.”  The strawberries are so plump, juicy, delicious, and vibrantly ruby red.  At the end, we picked so much but I still did not want to leave and wanted to keep going.  My husband threatened to leave me back if I don’t leave the field.  I guess, it’s very true on the saying “you can take a girl out of the country, but you cannot take the country out of the girl”.  Although, I have move and live in a busy city but I still love the farm and harvesting produce.   We picked three large boxes with almost 40 pounds for strawberries.  It cost $1.69 per pound; we spent $64 for delicious strawberries.


My sons also love the wagon ride on the tractor and they also spotted two deer coming to the field.  It was a great family activity for building a wonderful and long lasting memory with my dearest family. I am so thankful to have my loving sister and brother-in-law who love me and my kids dearly like theirs own.  It’s a blessing  to have them and I wish nothing but peace, love, and great health to them.


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