Picking raspberries rocks. It’s a bit expensive ($30 a gallon) but when you think about the entertainment value and all the raspberries you can eat for free while you’re picking, it’s almost a justifiable cost. Then throw in fun with your family and endless photo opportunities and I’d say what a deal! Better than Disneyland or gambling in a casino and how much money do you waste doing that?
My mom has this idea that we should do a fun outing together as a family (not counting my dad who is a trucker and always on the road or Toby who works every single day) every month. So far we’ve got something fun every season except Spring. Or maybe I should say we’ve got fun things we do in Fall. Like our favorite pumpkin patch and Oak Glen for apples and cider. And now we have a new fun thing to do in summer. Picking raspberries!
I didn’t even know raspberries grew around here but they do. It’s only about 30 minutes up the mountains from my mom’s house and if you could just skip Beaumont I’d say it’s a lovely drive! I’m trying to talk my mom into buying property up there but I think she’d rather spend her money buying gifts for her grand daughters. It would be fun to have a bed and breakfast/farm or ranch up there. Just close enough to the city to do some shopping at the outlet mall and just far enough away to have some chickens and not have to look at anything but your own property.
Riley Farms is so photogenic. It would be great for a wedding or a family reunion. Everywhere you look you see green hills and sprawling pastures. They have goats and lazy dogs, apple trees and bales of hay to play on… it’s like being back in time. The buildings are all very rustic and the people who work there even dress up in period costume. The only thing not back in time are the real bathrooms with plumbing and flush toilets. I hate pit toilets.
We went on a Friday and there weren’t any crowds. It was just us and maybe a few other couples milling around picking copious amounts of ripe red raspberries. I can’t think of a single thing I can say bad about this experience. I’d recommend it to anyone willing to shell out that much money for raspberries. You can buy smaller containers but we wanted to really pick a lot of raspberries. When we got back to my mom’s house, she made three batches of delicious raspberry jam. Yum!
It sure takes me back to my first job. Caring for my raspberry canes at age ten. I used to pick and box and take around the neighborhood to sell using my little brother’s wagon.
Beautiful pics. Beautiful family.
How All-American is that? and such a Martha Stewart composition; perfect day, perfect site, perfect children, month, food, weather, WOW. Cherish those moments.
I think we should have our family reuninion up there!
I love your site so much- it is like a fantastic (moving) scrapbook, full of people I don’t know but they are so beautiful and photogenic that I like to pretend I know them!
It is an admirable goal to try to do a fun family activity every month, or at least every season- great memories for everyone!
What a great day your family had. I love the pictures of your nieces, they are so cute. Baby Bug will have fun looking at these when she is older.
Looks like it was a beautiful day! A great get-away for the whole family.
My mouth started watering when you mentioned your Momâ€™s homemade berry jam, mmm mmm good!
CF: We have jars to sell and/or give! I’ll hook you up. :)
YES! Put me down for a jar and we’ll connect this week. Thank you!
Nice pics and beautiful place!
I LOVE picking my own berries. I cannot convince my husband that this is a fun thing to do. He insists that Mexicans should not pay to pick their own fruit, but I think he is just being a stick in the mud.
Oh my, that looks like a little bit of heaven right there. Expensive, maybe, but the photos you have and the memories of a great day are worth it hands down.
Great family pictures. That looks like so much fun. My four year old would never leave. We have a small blackberry bush that she picked from daily and she cried when the berries stopped growing. I have lots of blackberries in my freezer to make jam with but I don’t know how to make jam. Must research.
looks like you guys had a great time…I love the idea of doing something as a family each season…….
looks like fun! We have a Rileys tradition each fall too! I love that place. Snowline farm down the road sells little apple donuts and cherry-apple cider that is awesome.
Great pictures! Thanks for visiting!
Joy of Cooking has a great recipe for jam. It doesn’t use pectin therefore uses less sugar. I usually grate an apple as my pectin substitute.
Just having a bag of frozen berries is a blessing. Great for muffins or smoothies. Use tofu instead of yogurt less tart, more protein, no sugar. Oh, and floating in lemonaide.
Hey, I have family in Beaumont, and it’s a perfectly nice little town! OK, OK, actually, it’s kind of crappy and the traffic there sucks these last few years.
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