Well that is what my kids and I experienced this past Friday. My friend Paul invited us along for a playdate with his two sons. We went to Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark, CA. Now I hadn't been there since I was 19 years old, which makes is 12 years ago. At that time I would frequent this farm almost everyday since I went to Moorpark College. Not to mention my route to school took me right passed it.
Anyhow, the farm has a lot to offer in the child entertainment department. Pony rides, tractor go carts, all terrain like bikes, a jumper, train, animal viewing and feeding areas, tunnels and hills and pick-your-own fruit/vegetable fields.
So the kids and I embarked on a pick-your-own produce adventure. We grabbed our red wagon supplied by the farm, containers and headed out into the fields. We got to see some real life farm machines, trekked through mud and arrived at the crop fields. We picked our own raspberries, which I had to explain to my kids how to tell if it was ripe for picking. I let them fill their own containers and I watched as they picked the ripest of ripe raspberries, listened to their amazed reactions and watched their smiles as they filled their pint containers. We also picked our own strawberries, romaine lettuce and bell peppers.
We did all this out in the hot sun of Moorpark, which is no joke. It does get hot hot hot there but it was a nice warm heat. All I could think about while we picked our own fruit and vegetables was how in the hell my grandmother did this for a living for 10 to 12 hours days. She would do this in such
All in all it was a wonderful fun new memory creating experience that day. I also enjoyed getting home, washing the fruit and vegetables with the kids. They were happy to help, taste and ask when we get to cook/eat the fruit and vegetables. It was fun teaching my kids the value of food and harvesting it yourself. In the car on the way home all the kids wanted to know was when we were coming back so they could do it again. Yeah! It also brought some tears of joy to my eye. Another full circle moment for me. Enjoy the pictures below.
|Jonathan and Janette smiling with joy|
after they just fed the goats
|Janette in action using the crank conveyor belt to feed|
|Jonathan doing the same|
|The goat awaiting its food|
|Emus eating their food|
|The combine harvester which has a slide on the other side|
|Jonathan and Janette rushing to the slide I found|
|Janette enjoyed it|
|Jonathan all smiles after a fun slide|
|My little man enjoying all the kid activities|
|Janette is relaxing in the wooden train|
| The chicken coop and look a real farm fresh egg,|
it smelled real fresh in there ;-)
|Look at those pretty squash, they weren't ripe though|
|A gorgeous huge white horse|
|Janette enjoying the cow bouncer|
|Jonathan looks like he is about to do something bad|
|Train ride and Janette is happy as a pig in pooh teehee!|
|Jonathan and his best friend Zachary,|
drive the train boys!
|Another huge stallion|
|The fruit and vegetables after washing and prepping them for|