Pickin’ And Pie

by Stefani on 22-April-2010

We took our annual trip to the strawberry fields to load up on red ripe goodness.

We’ve been visiting this same farm since my oldest boy was just a year old. I know it will shock you that I get a little sappy thinking about all the times that their stubby little legs have travelled those rows. If I close my eyes, I swear I can still see their berry-stained baby faces.

I have to tell you though, there’s something be said for having BIG boys around when you’re farming. They got in there, got busy, and filled those buckets up fast!

No one lost their shoes or cried about the bugs or had to be reminded not to walk on top of the plants. I didn’t have to chase anyone down or hold anyone over the porta-potty seat. No one ate the green berries, tops and all. No one fell out of the wagon or whined that they were thirsty and it was too hot.

They just. picked. strawberries.

They picked enough for this year’s jam-making and plenty more for just plain eatin’.

It was lovely.

This growing up thing? It isn’t ALL bad. Big boys are kinda wonderful.

Besides, they’re all old enough now that they remember that after the berry picking comes the Bluebonnet Cafe.

They know that if they if they pick well and they pick fast, there’s mmm mmm good diner fair in it for ’em. Burgers, onion rings, fried okra, chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn on the cob, and pie. Oh heavens, y’all, the pie!!! Coconut, chocolate, peanut butter, lemon, cherry, pecan, apple. They actually have a “Pie Happy Hour.” For real. I think the phrase “a little slice of heaven” was created just for the Bluebonnet. I really do.

You wouldn’t want to eat like that every day, mind you, but honestly, if you’re gonna work like a field hand, you ought to get to eat like one. Right?


On the way home, my hard working men had just one question: “When will the blackberries be ready for picking?”

Eren April 22, 2010 at 6:01 am

Oh, my…we’re still weeks away from berry picking, but its great seeing what we’re in for.

And what I wouldn’t give for a real TX chicken fried steak. Yum!

Stefani April 22, 2010 at 11:29 am

I wonder how well chicken fried steak ships? 🙂

Diane April 22, 2010 at 7:23 am

If I ever get to come visit you, I really really really want to go to the Bluebonnet. Fried okra! Peanut butter pie! I was remembering your post a long time ago about the azaleas. I was looking at my azalea that is still at least a month from blooming, maybe more. And now this — how I love a diner. And strawberries. And your handsome young men!

Stefani April 22, 2010 at 11:28 am

A MONTH from blooming? Crazy talk.
I will take you to ever diner in a 50 mile radius if you make your way to Texas, hon. For the reals.

Butzeballchen April 22, 2010 at 7:28 am

Yum! Bluebonnet pie, one of the best. Was the picking good? We have thought about heading up ourselves.

Stefani April 22, 2010 at 11:27 am

The picking was great! You should totally go!
Check their website first though. If you click on “Marble Falls” under news, they usually have a pretty up to date field report.

Cassandra April 22, 2010 at 8:41 am

What a handsome group of helpers!

Nothing like a good ole diner meal!

Miko's Girl April 22, 2010 at 10:41 am

The height of the pies in your picture is amazing!!! I’m slated to go strawberry picking with a friend next Tuesday. The girls seem to enjoying the eating so much more than the picking so I’m taking a friend instead.

Stefani April 22, 2010 at 11:31 am

You should see the ginormous mixer that that they use to mix up all that meringue, and the spatula that they have to use to get it piled on there like that!
Happy picking!

greta April 22, 2010 at 10:53 am

This makes me want to pick strawberries–even though I am on the picking with babies end of things.
It makes me want to go to a diner.
It REALLY makes me want to eat pie.
It makes me want to visit Texas.
I love your blog!
Love form Greta

PS. My latest post on this blog http://www.picnicsinthepark.blogspot.com shows some Texas art work you might like. It’s pretty fun.

Stefani April 22, 2010 at 11:32 am

Thank you so much, Greta. I totally think that you should have some pie. Anyone as sweet as you deserves it 🙂

Anna April 22, 2010 at 11:03 am

perfect hipstamatic combos for the diner pics. just somethin’ about it. love.

Stefani April 22, 2010 at 11:12 am

Thank you! I had left my camera in the car, so I used the phone instead. I was so glad that I did. There’s something right about the diner/hipsta combo 🙂

Aimee April 22, 2010 at 9:50 pm

I love that last picture! It is my very favorite of the bunch. And I totally agree. Big boys are pretty neat!

Lia April 22, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Have you shared your jam-making recipe before? I’ve been thinking about trying it out, but I am a bit nervous.

Michele April 23, 2010 at 5:19 am

Oh this brings back memories!! There’s a local place we go each year and the fun, fun, fun!! The taste of strawberries from Springs is lingering on my lips!!! But the diner option? Oh my! We might have to add that little jaunt to our journey (:

Mama Urchin April 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I’m hoping to have better berry pickers this year. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Jenn April 23, 2010 at 10:47 pm

What a good idea! This year after strawberry pickin’ we will head to the local diner for some pie. What a great tradition.

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