Chapter 120- Barthel Fruit Farm: Strawberry and Pea Picking


Let me just start by saying of course this post, like most, could be better timed.  If things were different in my life and blogging were actually my job, I’d have posted this right before strawberry and pea picking, rather than after.  Then I’d give you a list of farms around Milwaukee, complete with some sort of family-friendly rating system.


But…I’m not that organized.  So here’s my recap of an amazing day a few weeks ago!  I met my friend Margo and her three boys at Barthel’s, which is in Mequon.  I’d never been strawberry picking before, because I imagined it being a total fail of a day.  I had no idea how I’d possibly wrangle four young kids and keep them safe and engaged.


But for some reason, it worked out perfectly.  It was a fairly cool and overcast day, so we didn’t have to contend with complaints about heat.  We were assigned a row of strawberries, took a few flats, and got to picking (eating).


There were lots of other families there, some with younger or more kids than I have!!  Ok, nobody with more than four kids, but I did see a woman who had what looked like almost 2 year old twins.  And I admired her.  She was very calmly watching over her only partially happy kids, while carrying on a semi coherent conversation with her friend.

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After we finished our row of strawberries, we headed over to the peas to start picking.  And man, those peas were delicious!

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After we had our fill of peas and berries, we packed up to head out.  I think I paid like $8 for the big bag of peas and few pounds of strawberries.  Woot!   barthels16 barthels19

I had plans to make freezer jam with all the leftover berries we’d inevitably have, but within 24 hours, ALL the berries and peas were gone.  Amazing snacks!!

Even though strawberry picking season is over, apple season is right around the corner.  Hope you’re having a great second half of your summer, all!

A. Storm


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  1. Ellen Parlee says:

    Those strawberries look delicious! Looks like everybody had a great time!