Fun Road Trip Activities
Visiting a Farm to Pick Your Own Fruit
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Always on the lookout for fun road trip activities...and one can be taking advantage of fresh fruit, straight from the farmers field.
Websites like www.pickyourown.org list farms where you can stop and "pick your own" fruit or other farm-fresh produce.
If your road trip planning includes a stop at farm, keep these helpful hints in mind:
Wear Appropriate Shoes and Clothing
Wear sun protection such as a hat and sunscreen
It's a great idea to wear long sleeve and long pants to protect yourself from the plants and the sun
Berry picking? Be prepared to get your clothes dirty (and your hands too!)
Wear good, sturdy shoes that you don't mind getting dirty
Insect Repellant is a good idea too!
Stay hydrated. Picking is often done in full sun.
Road Trip Activities: Berry Picking at a Pick Your Own Farm
Be a Good Visitor at a Pick Your Own Farm
If signs with rules are posted, follow them
Throw away all trash or take it with you
Don't climb on farm equipment or trees
Don't touch any tools laying about
Keep control of the kids
Many farms cannot accomodate visits with pets
Some farms cannot accomodate visits with children either - so before you stop make sure that children are welcome
No stepping over rows or plants...and especially on plants
Picking Your Own
Know what to pick, how to pick, and where to pick
Ask how to tell if the fruit is ready to be picked
Don't overpick! Pick just what you can eat and keep in the car without spoiling
If you bring your own containers, bring shallow ones
When planning to visit a pick-your-own farm, always call ahead before visiting. Supply of items to be picked can vary, and it would be a shame to make the trip to the farm to find that you can't pick anything that day!
Visiting farms can be fun experiences for great family vacations. If you've visited a great farm on one of your family road trips, share it with us!
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