U-Pick Strawberry Season.

This time of year is just so perfect. Pollen aside, there isn’t much I don’t just love about late spring / early summer. One of our family-favorite activities is strawberry picking, loading up basket-fulls of fresh, plump berries to bring home and enjoy.

Strawberry Picking by heirloomed

The weather and our sports schedule hasn’t cooperated just yet for us to head out to the local u-pick fields, and quite honestly the peak season here in Atlanta-area really kicks off early May so we have plenty of time still.

Strawberry Picking by heirloomed
Strawberry Picking by heirloomed

I thought I’d share these sweet photos from one of the last times we went when the kids were oh-so-young (tear). This was during an early March visit to central Florida just a few years back, the season starts much earlier there due to the warmer weather. We were down for Spring Training and to visit my Dad.

Strawberry Picking by heirloomed
Strawberry Picking by heirloomed

One of my favorite things growing up was attending the Strawberry Festival in nearby Plant City. It’s a huge event filled with people, music and literally every recipe you could ever imagine being made with strawberries - my favorites being fresh strawberry ice cream and strawberry shortcake (of course).

Strawberry Picking by heirloomed
Strawberry Picking by heirloomed

I’d love to know if you go strawberry picking and some of your favorite recipes to make with the bounty you bring home!


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A visit to Bradley's Country Store.

Bradley's Country Store Bradley's Country Store

One of my favorite hometown traditions is visiting Bradley's Country Store, in my hometown of Tallahassee, Florida. I have fond memories of this quaint little store, surrounded by mighty live oaks. We visited so many times growing up to stock up on their famous smoked sausage, especially during the holidays, and now the Mr. loves going when we visit for the very same reason.

While home for the holidays this trip, we visited Bradley's, all decked out for Christmas - and brought our little guy for his very first visit, continuing the family tradition. Note the fresh bundles of collard greens stacked behind us as we sit on the front porch rocking chair for a photo.

Bradley's front porch

Do you have a country store that you love to visit?