One of our favorite summer traditions are multiple trips to the berry farms located just minutes from our home.  My children really love picking out their berry flat carrier and hopping on the tractor for the ride to the field.


There are always contests they dream up to see who can pick the most or eat the most and everyone leaves with red, strawberry scented fingers and red-ringed lips.

Tips for the trip:

We try to pick in the early morning to avoid the mid-day heat and to avoid “baking” the berries as they sit in the flats.

The boys always end up with strawberry stains on their clothing, but they are easily removed when I pre-treat them before washing with ERA detergent.

Grow your own Patch:

Strawberries are really
easy to care for and with some basic care at the end of the season, you
can enjoy strawberries fresh from your own garden.

  • In the fall, mow or clip down your strawberry plants to avoid pesky bug infestations.
  • Cover completely with straw for protection against harsh weather.  (Avoid using hay as it encourages weed growth).
  • In the spring, uncover the plants and move the straw to surround each one.  The straw will act as a natural weed barrier and will keep the area mud-free for your knees at picking time.


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.