Hood River U-Pick Organic Farm
July 12, 2016
Destination: HOOD RIVER U-PICK ORGANIC, Oregon
Last week was a pretty hectic week (hence this delayed blog post). Evan had Nature Camp every day from 9 a.m to noon. He also had sports camps in the afternoons/evenings everyday except for Tuesday. We took advantage of his free Tuesday afternoon and head to Hood River to pick cherries. We've never picked cherries before. Well, except for the first crop of10 cherries our little Dwarf Bing Cherry produced this year. I chose to go to the Hood River U-Pick Organic farm not just because the farm is so beautiful or because they had u-pick cherries but because their mommy pig 'Charlotte' had her babies a few days prior to our visit. I heard the word "piglets" & I was sold.
Evan was tired and grumpy when we picked him up from camp, a combination of a busy morning at camp & not enough sleep, and he fell asleep on our drive there. Such a shame because it's such a beautiful drive along the gorge. But a little nap helped put him in the best of moods when we got there. He was all GUNG HO...ready to climb tall ladders and pick cherries.
It was already towards the end of their cherry season so cherries were all very dark and ripe. Evan took his time picking one cherry at a time because he didn't want to squish them. He also wanted to wipe and shine every single one of them before he dropped them in the bucket. Six cherries and thirty minutes later we were able to convince him to just pick and drop them into the bucket and save the polishing and shining for later.
We were also able to pick some cherries without having to climb the ladders. Evan had so much fun that we will be doing this again next year for sure. It's all about the experience and not about the quantity (he spent a couple of hours picking 3lbs).
After we were done picking cherries we continued on to Blueberries. Evan took his time, making sure to select just the ones that were ready for picking. He picked a pint.
When you're tired of standing and picking, you find a nice blueberry bush and you rest your legs while you continue picking berries.
It was a beautiful afternoon...and to be surrounded by so much beauty was such a treat. This farm is so amazing and the owners seem like really kind and charming people (we didn't get to meet anyone but you get that vibe from the signs they put up & from their website). We give them 5 stars!
After Evan was done picking berries we moved on to my favorite bit...the FARM ANIMALS. Kids are allowed to pet the animals. Oh boy!
Pet...Pet...Pet. Evan and I had so much fun saying hello to all the animals.
Evan's favorite was this mommy goat & her brand new kid. The kid kept following Evan around & mommy goat kept nudging Evan to pet her.
& then my favorite...the PIGLETS!
Evan's favorite was the spotted one.
What a grand time at the farm. We headed home smelling like little piggies but it was so worth this fun family adventure...and we came home with a bunch of organic goodies which we shared with some of our neighborhood friends.
Even our Yoda got to enjoy some organic blueberries. He was most happy.
You can find all of our photos from this adventure HERE.
Keywords: Oregon, PNW, Yoda, adventure, beach, caves, childhood, coast, corgi, family, friends, pools, sand, sandstone, sea, tide, waterfall
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