{Food} Picking Berries

by Leighann on July 22, 2011

I took a day off of work so that we could visit the local diabetes camp as both donors and future campers. (The Kiss-a-Pig Gala we participated in this year helps to fund the camp.)

Since we didn’t need to be there until 11:30 and since Grandma was picking up my son bright and early to run errands together, I thought I would take Q to a berry farm that was theoretically on the way.

I say theoretically because on a map it’s half way, but it’s in a somewhat rural location and the signage wasn’t that good.

Because of the weather this year, the farmers said that the blueberry crop isn’t the best. While I would have loved to have filled a bucket to the top and froze some for later, we ended up only picking about a half pound.

But the fun was in the picking!

Q had a great time hunting for the ripest berries and sampling them along the way. We had a small bag of berries to bring home, which we weighed and paid for on the honor system, putting our change into a cash box on the counter next to the scale.

I think it’s so important in this industrialized society for children to actually learn how food is grown and where it comes from.

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Here are my tips for successful berry picking (and eating) with a child with diabetes:

According to Calorie King, each blueberry has only 0.2 carbs. So let her pop a few of the ripest berries she finds into her mouth as she picks them. They don’t all have to make it into the bucket!

Check to see if they are grown organically (or using organic methods). If they are, they don’t need to be washed before eating on the spot.

Take a measuring cup with you so that you can enjoy a snack without having to guess the carbs. A half cup has 10.7 grams of carbs.

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1 Chrissy Pierman July 22, 2011 at 10:12 am

How Fun, My girl would LOVE to pick berries, we live in the city, but California has lots of agricultural areas and she loves road trips, i’m going to have to look into areas where she could actually pick her own fruits, what a good way to encourage her to eat more fruits, she’s more willing at the healthier lifestyle her Diabetes now requires of her when she feels involved, it’s just now been a year, she’s 9, i love the ideas i get from websites from parents of other Type 1 children, Thankyou!!

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2 Kristin July 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm

You can grow berries even in the city. 🙂 We live in Seattle but have blackberries (of course), blueberries, and raspberries on a narrow strip by our townhouse, and strawberries in pots on the deck. They’re tough and grow just about anywhere.

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