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Little Things :: Summer Berry Picking

June 3rd, 2013

Today I’m thrilled to introduce a brand new monthly series here on the blog: Little Things will be brimming with inspiration for fun get-togethers to do with the littles in your life — and if you don’t have any, you just might get inspired to let loose and act like a kid yourself for a day. Carrie Ryan will be bringing her artistic background (and her mad skills behind the lens) to each creative concept, and today she’s kicking it off with a day at the Berry Farm…

Berry Picking with the Kids | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles

If there’s one foolproof way to keep my kids entertained and full of wonder for the day, it’s to get them outside. Like really, they would live outside if I wasn’t bothered by the fact that they would start looking like creatures from the lost lagoon. But let’s be honest, the neighborhood park can only be so exciting for so long (maybe mostly for me), so I love it when I’m reminded of all the exciting things there are to do in and around town that are quite simple. Ideas like this can totally change the trajectory of a seemingly ordinary day with the kids. Recently, my friend Sam called me to say she had the day off and wanted to make some memories with the kids. The weather was divine and the berries were getting ripe, so we packed up the little people and headed out to Sweet Berry Farm for an afternoon of berry picking (and tasting,) goat feeding, bouncing, and endless running. Memories were certainly made, and the entire day required little planning.

Berry Picking with the Kids | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles

Berry Picking with the Kids | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles

Sweet Berry Farm has rows and rows of delicious berries ripe for picking, with the selection changing with the season. All you have to do is get your box and start your hunt for the ripest berries you can find.

Berry Picking with the Kids | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles

After one quick reminder that ‘the redder the better,’ the boys were on a mission. There’s something so satisfying about the thrill of the hunt.

Berry Picking with the Kids | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles

Lucky for us, the berry picking was just the beginning of the fun at Sweet Berry Farm. Popsicles made from fresh strawberry puree were readily available so perfect for the sunny day. (Sharing my own interpretation of the pops, with a recipe, below!)

Berry Picking with the Kids | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles

To say he liked his treat is a bit of an understatement.

Berry Picking with the Kids | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles

Just beyond the berry fields, there are some darling (and quite social) goats just begging to be fed and talked to.

Berry Picking with the Kids | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles

You can purchase little cups of food and let them lick it right out of the palm of your hand.  One of the boys (not mine) LOVED this. One of the boys (mine) was just fine admiring the goats from a distance.  To each his own at Sweet Berry Farm.

Berry Picking with the Kids | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles

And to round out the afternoon, just in case you have a shred of energy left, there is a spot to bounce out all your final jitters (some that may be caused from popsicle sugar rushes or perhaps, a hypothetical fear of goats…). I’ll recreate this day in a heartbeat. It was unforgettable for the kids and a blast for my friend and me to chat away and watch our kids foster their love/hate relationship with both berries and goats.

Berry Popsicle recipe | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles

Berry Popsicle recipe | Carrie Ryan for Camille Styles

Click here for the recipe for delicious strawberry, greek yogurt and honey popsicles.

Carrie

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  1. kirsten says:

    We’r outdoor freaks too! And now that it’s getting hotter, it’s nice to have inspiration for a cool spot other than the pool.

    ps, love this popsicle molds! where can I snag some??

  2. Kathleen says:

    I’m excited about this new series! Cute post, and thanks for the reminder- It’s currently (what is a very short) olallieberry season here in California, so I think I’ll bring the kids to our local berry patch this weekend!

  3. brooke says:

    how cute, love this new column! this looks like a fun adult trip too!

  4. courtney says:

    this is awesome! love the pictures and the popsicle molds are so fun!

  5. karen says:

    love this!! way to go, Carrie!!

  6. Love it! Your our favorite photographer, hands down! Miss you guys!

  7. kelsey says:

    this is so beautiful!
    kw ladies in navy

  8. Sam Bennett says:

    The day was amazing and it’s so fun to relive it in this post. Cannot wait to see what else you have to share with the rest of us!

  9. Amy says:

    As a mom and long time reader of the blog, I adore this new series!

  10. Sara P says:

    I adore the new series and absolutely LOVE Sweet Berry Farms! Have you been in the fall? By far one of my favorite things to do!! Thanks for the lovely posting!

  11. Susie says:

    I love this series! The photography is gorgeous. I can’t wait until the next one.

  12. Classiq says:

    What a wonderful new series! I’m going to enjoy this for sure. 🙂

  13. courtney says:

    LOVE this! I don’t have little people yet, but I think I might head out to the farm for some berry picking, myself. 🙂

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  15. […] Yesterday we debuted the newest addition to our regular programming: the extra playful and always kid friendly Little Things series, brought to us by Carrie Ryan. Our first installment featured a gorgeous summer day of strawberry picking at Sweet Berry Farm in Austin, and had me instantly craving a dose of anything and everything berry flavored. Fortunately for us, Carrie put the fruit of her labor to good use and is following up her first post with the recipe for this equally beautiful strawberry mint tart. Berries, whipped cream and puff pastry are a no-brainer in my book, and a hint of mint adds just the right amount of herbal freshness to keep this dessert light. Keep reading for the recipe! […]

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