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Fun fact: My husband Jake is from Cleveland, Oklahoma, a little town outside of Tulsa. So when we heard about a strawberry farm you can pick your own strawberries at in a small town near Birmingham called Cleveland, Alabama, we knew we had to go. Jake and I both love fresh fruit, so strawberry picking was high on our agenda this spring. It had rained the morning of our outing (rain seems to follow us), so we were not positive we would be able to go. Luckily it stopped raining just in time. I was so excited that Jake had the afternoon off and we could do something fun outside. After visiting Pepper Place (Birmingham’s farmers’ market), we headed to Jerry Marsh Farms in Cleveland, which is about a 45 minute drive from downtown Birmingham. You drive through the middle of nowhere to get there, which is what I fully expected.
Jake and I have always wanted to go strawberry picking, but we didn’t know of a place in Oklahoma. We were glad to find several options near us in Alabama. Since it rained, it was a little muddy, but we were careful to step around it. I was glad that I wore tennis shoes for this reason. Jerry’s farm has acres and acres of strawberry fields. We met Jerry himself who advised us to go to the back of the property, since it would likely not be as picked over. Sure enough, while the closer rows had been picked over pretty well by that point in the day, there were lots of good ones left to be had further out. Jake and I had fun competing to see who could get the best basket of strawberries (Jake claims his was better).
When picking the strawberries, I knew I would be bending over a lot. I picked a midi dress for that reason and as soon as I saw this gingham dress I knew it was what I wanted to wear. I didn’t think it would come in time, but luckily it literally came right before we left. Gingham screams spring, so I feel like it was perfect for this activity. It was a bit hot once we moved around and picked from many different vines. Of course, from all of the bending over, my front button was open the entire time and Jake didn’t notice. Luckily it was not too noticeable in pictures (just keeping it real that wardrobe malfunctions do happen to me all the time).
As we drove off, it started raining. I was glad we went at literally the perfect time. It was the perfect day! We loved it so much that we plan to try to go apple or peach picking during those seasons. When we got home, we were excited to try the strawberries. They were absolutely delicious too! We had them with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream that night for dessert, and recently I made strawberry cheesecake bars.
What To Make With Your Fresh Strawberries:
- Strawberries and ice cream
- Strawberries and whipped cream
- Strawberry daiquiris
- Strawberry cheesecake
- Strawberry cheesecake bars
- Strawberry ice cream
- Strawberry shortcake
- Strawberry muffins
- Strawberry bread
- Strawberries in a salad
- Strawberries on salmon as a relish
- Strawberry pie
Have you ever been strawberry picking? Comment below with your favorite thing to make with strawberries.