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Delicious entertainment: strawberry picking

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Not the huge bounty we’d hoped for, but berries are still growing at Dahlonega Vegetable Farm.

Canoe Kids
By Melissa Lowrie
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  Now Picking? It’s always best to call first and make sure.

“The strawberries are confused,” said the lovely lady behind the counter. Really? Me, too.

I think this can be said of all of us when we try to balance the weather with the calendar. Feels like the coolest, wettest spring I can remember. Alas, visiting a strawberry patch is a super spring outing ... you just need good timing.

Hopefully, by the time you read this in the June print edition of Smoke Signals, we, the hearty residents of North Georgia, will be in short-sleeves and flip-flops experiencing a proper spring. The strawberries will no longer be confused but fat and ready for picking.

There are a couple of nearby pick-your-own strawberry patches; we really like Dahlonega Vegetable Farm. The Canoe Kids and friends have visited this patch on a number of occasions and have come away with buckets bursting with a bounty of berries.

For $14 a bucket, you can pick as many berries as can fit in your mouth—bucket, I mean. Sometimes, though, the big, juicy red berries don’t make it from vine to bucket or bucket to home. Irresistible.

I can’t stress this point enough, so if you haven’t paid attention until this point, listen up. Call first. Here is the number: 706-867-9794; use it or you may drive to Dahlonega and leave disappointed. This patch lives and dies by the weather, and the hours are sporadic. Also, bring cash. No plastic is accepted (learned the hard way when I had to leave my buckets and drive to the nearest ATM).

The drive time is about 45 minutes from Big Canoe; just take a left after going through the square in Dahlonega and the farm is a few miles down on the right (about a mile past the turn for Camp Glisson). The address is 2650 Highway 19 North. And no need to BYOB (bring your own bucket); they are provided.

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This springtime activity is a victim of cooler temps and too much rain. The strawberry plants are usually much larger this time of year.

Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge also has u-pick strawberry days, but they also are ruled by weather and availability, so calling first is important.

An easy and fun outing for kids of all ages, it’s an entertaining hunt with sweet results.

Happy Birthday
This column marks Canoe Kids’ two-year anniversary. I have to say, it’s flown by ... it’s true that time does fly when you’re having fun. We’ve been from Atlanta to Helen and all over North Georgia looking for fun things to do that will occupy an afternoon; hopefully, we’ve been able to share some ideas that have inspired adventures of your own.

Thanks to all our readers for coming along for the ride and for the encouraging comments. We love the feedback, and ideas for outings are always appreciated.

Most of the columns are posted here on bigcanoenews.com, if you are looking for some ideas for the kids or grandchildren this summer. 

Take the family to a strawberry patch for some fresh-fruit-fun. If you can’t make it, enjoy another outing with your Canoe Kids. As always, have a great time wherever you end up.
 
Here’s to another year!

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