Sunday Funday: Our Family Adventure at Eckert’s Farm Strawberry Festival!

Family at the Strawberry Festival

Whew, this month is seriously flying by! It feels like just yesterday I was writing down my April monthy goals. I glance at the calendar and I see its ALMOST JUNE! After reflecting on my previous Mothers Day Post, where I talk about my experience on losing my mom, I was reminded of how important it is to spend time with our loved ones. We never know when we will take our last breathe, so we should make every single one count! That being said, the hubby and I decided to take the 4 little rascals to the Strawberry Festival at Eckert’s Farm.

Mom, did you say STRAWBERRY PICKING ?!?!

Thats right folks, you heard me correctly. I must  say, strawberry picking has to be one of my favorite activities. But first let me introduce you to Eckert’s Farm, just in case you’ve never heard of them before. Eckert’s Farm is a hot spot for locals-especially during prime picking seasons. They have an awesome garden, resturant and store that can accommodate every member of your family. This year, we were FINALLY lucky enough blessed to able to join in on the strawberry festivities before it was too late (like last year *sad face*).

 

Let the drama Fun Begin!

After  paying $1 for everyone over the age of 2, we got our hands stamped, grabbed our baskets and hopped on the tractor to take us out to the strawberry fields. It wasn’t long,
however, until the monsters children started to show their true colors.

Leila quickly began to complain about getting “mess” on her sandals. I just wanted to know who told her to walk DIRECTLY through the isles of strawberries? Then there’s little Levi, who looks like he may have tripped or maybe fell over a buschel of berries. Nope, not at all! His landing was completely VOLUNTARY, and quite volatile if I do say so myself. Then, I turn around only to find Landen picking strawberries for every Tom, Dick and Harry in our family. I kindly reminded him that we have to pay for what we pick. “Oh, they aren’t free?” was his cute but equally confused response.

Sigh, how I miss the days where I didn’t have to worry about paying for things or how much they cost. Anyone want to go back to childhood and take a break from adulting? *slowly raises MY hand* I couldn’t get many close ups of my fourth little angel since he took a mad dash into the field was bobing in and out of isles so fast. I just couldn’t keep up with him!

Festivals, Rides, and more Fun!

Once we got back to the main garden area, where the store+nursery are located, Chris took the strawberries to the car so we could have more fun. The kids enjoyed getting one the carnival-like rides and inflatables that were available. There was also a train and pony rides for the children to enjoy. After the kiddos faught,cried and screamed played for a while, we went to the concessions to get nachos, corn dogs, chips and beverages.

In a nutshell…

We had an ABSOLUTE blast. We only spent roughly $55 dollars, which was $10 under our budget, on this outting for our large family of 6. The memories we made together over the weekend, however,  were priceless. I thouroughly enjoyed capturing these moments of my family, much like my mom used to do. There was also an extra perk too! Growing up as an only child, I didnt get to experience the love+bond that siblings share. I was able to capture a few cute moments of “sibling love”  and just wanted to share a few quick snippets of what I can only begin to comprehend  such a relationship could be like.

What did you guys do over the weekend? What do you do to spend quality time with your family? We’d love to hear more ideas of things to do and to also share experiencies with one another. Please leave a comment down below!

Love Always,

Vera

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59 Comments

  1. Robin Rue
    May 23, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    So much fun! I love little festivals like this 🙂 It isn’t quite strawberry season here in Mass yet, but they should be ready next month – can’t wait.

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:40 pm

      I bet you can’t wait for next month lol.

  2. Nija
    May 23, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Wow, the festival looks amazing. I see they had rides to. A very Successful Sunday Funday it is.

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:41 pm

      They had some cute little rides. They weren’t too big or too small. It was PERFECT!

  3. Megan
    May 23, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    I love Eckert’s, my family always has a great time whenever we go! We have never been strawberry picking though, it looks like fun!!!!

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:42 pm

      Thats awesome! You should definitely give strawberry picking a chance.

  4. May 23, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    We used to have tons of strawberries growing up and they taste so much better than store bought! I’m hoping to take my 3yo strawberry picking this summer! We love blueberry picking!

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:42 pm

      They do taste so much better! I remember I was in awe the first time I tried fresh strawberries.

  5. May 23, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    I have never gone strawberry picking but those strawberries looked awesome, what fun picking and eating. I didn’t even know it was season but your kids looked like they had a great time.

  6. lydia
    May 23, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    I love going strawberry picking!! This looks like so much fun, and I love being able to eat them right after picking them off 🙂

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:43 pm

      Yay, Im not alone!! I love to eat them right after picking them too!

  7. May 23, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    I love the last four photos! Siblings are so awesome. This sounds like a great adventure! I love strawberry fields!

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:44 pm

      From what I cant tell, siblings are awesome. It hilarious seeing them go from fighting to loving on each other lol.

  8. May 23, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    I love strawberry picking at Eckert’s in Belleville! And apple picking too! Basically any fruit that is in season 🙂 it is always a fun time.

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:46 pm

      LOL, I agree with any fruit season. My hubby is ready for peaches.

  9. May 24, 2017 / 2:08 am

    Look at those smiling faces! The kids indeed had lot of fun! A happy family day!

  10. May 24, 2017 / 5:14 am

    Strawberry picking looks like so much fun, it must be nice to eat them so fresh x

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:47 pm

      I is a real treat, Rhian! I encourage you to go too lol.

  11. May 24, 2017 / 5:19 am

    This strawberry festival looks like a lot of fun! If I lived closer, I would visit with my kids!

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:49 pm

      Aw, maybe there is a farm near by that has them available! Or you could pick a different fruit.

  12. Elizabeth O.
    May 24, 2017 / 11:38 am

    It looks like you had an amazing time with the family! I love that you did so much together and spent so little. I’m sure you all had a great time making memories.

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:50 pm

      That is one of my favorite parts as well. It wasnt expensive at all!

  13. May 24, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    How nice! I love strawberries and being able to participate in a festival like this would be awesome. I think it’s a great way to spend some time with your family!

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:51 pm

      It was. Im glad I got to capture memories for the kiddos.

  14. May 24, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    Looks like your kids had so much fun at the festival. I would love to attend a festival where I could eat and eat and eat as many strawberries as I wanted.

  15. May 24, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    I’ve only been to a Strawberry Festival once when I was a kid. We didn’t get to enjoy it much because I was marching in the parade. After seeing how much fun your family had, it makes me want to go back and check out all they have to offer.

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:48 pm

      You really should! I hope you enjoy it!

  16. Dana
    May 24, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Looks like lots of fun! We went out to the mountains to celebrate the long weekend. It’s always nice to spend time with family over the weekend!

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:45 pm

      Now THAT is something I have yet to do. I really do want to go explore the mountains!

  17. May 24, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    We go strawberry picking every year and love it. It is great family time that is not too expensive. Glad you had fun.

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:44 pm

      EXACTLY!! Perfect activity and the perfect price. You can’t lose!

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:39 pm

      Hopefully their is so you can join in on the fun!

  18. May 25, 2017 / 6:25 am

    Going by the kids’ happy faces, the festival was a marvelous success. I have never tried strawberry picking before but now I am convinced that I should.

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:39 pm

      They did. I was told, “Im the best mommy ever!”

  19. May 25, 2017 / 9:36 am

    Oh so much fun, and fantastic for the kids of course. Yum yum Strawberries to top it all off too! I love festivals like this.

  20. May 25, 2017 / 9:46 am

    I love Eckert’s farm! Every time I go I HAVE to get an apple pie.

  21. May 25, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    This looks like a very fun (and tasty!) family adventure! I wish there was a strawberry farm like this nearby that my husband and I could visit.

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:40 pm

      It was very fun. Hopefully you and your hubby can go before the season is over.

  22. May 25, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I have never been to a strawberry festival but I would love to.

  23. May 25, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    We love strawberry farms so much! Every year we go strawberry picking in Carlsbad, CA and it’s an activity my daughters start asking about months in advance.

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:38 pm

      LOL, that is too cute. They want their strawberries mom!

  24. May 26, 2017 / 12:35 am

    Love your blog it’s fantastic. Keep on inspiring. Family time are good times. I always enjoy my family meet ups, so very necessary … Yours looks gorgeous, may you continue to be blessed with love and success

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:37 pm

      You are not alone. I love family meet ups as well. I wish my family was a bit closer, but I can always start my own traditions!

  25. May 26, 2017 / 12:45 am

    I really enjoyed reading that post Vera. That sounds like such a fun outing for a family and I can imagine the kids really enjoyed themselves and learned a bit about a farm at the same time. Amazing all the associated attractions as well, not to mention great value for money.

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:37 pm

      They did! It was a very nice experience for the entire family.

  26. May 26, 2017 / 7:22 am

    Strawberry…OMG! Never been to strawberry festival. Actually I’ve never heard of it. But It is remarkable, I have to visit it soon

  27. Helen
    May 26, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    I love strawberry picking so would absolutely love a strawberry festival! I can remember doing it when I was younger, it’s definitely a great family memory everyone will remember.

    • May 26, 2017 / 11:36 pm

      I love strawberry picking too! Isn’t it nice creating memories with family.

  28. May 27, 2017 / 2:22 am

    Strawberry Farm Festival sounds like the perfect way to spend the weekend with our families! Loved the adorable kids with their tiny baskets full of the berries. Great post 🙂

  29. My Teen Guide
    May 27, 2017 / 5:42 am

    This is such a fun activity for the family. I would love to go strawberry picking too. Those strawberries all look so plump and juicy. I am already thinking of all sorts of smoothies and desserts I can make with those. Thanks for sharing your experience. Your kids looked like they had a great time.

  30. May 27, 2017 / 6:42 am

    Those kidsssss…. their smiles. Wow! And strawberries are ❤❤.

  31. May 29, 2017 / 8:30 am

    It looks like you had the perfect day full of family fun!! I love strawberry season. We didn’t make it to our local strawberry fields this year but I know every time we do we have so much fun.

    • May 29, 2017 / 3:48 pm

      Yes, we had a BLAST!! I’m sorry you missed it this year. Maybe you can get in board with the peaches !!

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