This week the challenge is to locate and visit a u-pick farm in your area.
A u-pick farm is a wonderful opportunity to develop language in a natural setting. You can talk about the type of food being picked by describing how the food looks/feels/smells/tastes. Your child will also have the opportunity to follow simple directions during the activity, ex: pick one/put in/give me.
There are a variety of fruits and vegetables to pick at end of July/beginning of August. For an idea of what’s available for harvest in Ohio check out this Ohio Harvest Crop Calendar.
Some of our favorite u-pick farms to visit in the Central Ohio area include:
The Columbus Berry Farm for blueberries. Located 30 minutes south of Columbus, the berries are generally available for picking July 5th – August 10th, depending on the season.
Brastool Orchards for peaches. Located 45 minutes northeast of Columbus, peaches are generally ready for picking July 20 – September first depending on the season.
Blossoms at the Bend for u-pick flowers. Located in Williamsport, Ohio, Blossoms at the Bend is a U-Pick flower farm showcasing “old-fashioned’ favorites including red, white and coral peonies, delphiniums, snapdragons, and black-eyed susans. Customers can spend as much time in the gardens as they wish, select their favorite flowers, and cut their own bouquets for only $3 per bouquet.
My hope is that each and every adventure will be different and exciting. Please connect and share your experiences using #saynplaythesummeraway.