This weekend we made our way out to Krause Berry Farms, located in Langley, to pick some strawberries and raspberries. You would think with having grown up out in Langley that I would have visited here before, but this was my first time ever going. We met up with some friends and fellow bloggers. We had never been to Krause before, but had heard great things so we were very excited to get to go.We decided to go first thing in the morning for when the farm opened on Saturday. We did not expect to see a line up of cars starting on the side of the road waiting for the gates to open. We were the fourth car in line, and by the time 8:30 rolled around there was a good dozen or more cars behind us.
It did not take long for the parking lot to be full. I think many people came to get raspberries as the raspberry field only opened the day before – it closed a few hours after we left because the field was picked over. We headed over to the stand to put a deposit on a red wagon, and to buy two baskets for putting our picked berries into. The wagon is $1 and you get the deposit back when you return the wagon. I love the baskets you can buy for $1 each. They are so cute, and I intend to add them into Evie’s play kitchen once we eat all of the berries or get the packed away in the freezer.
We were assigned three rows to pick in since there was a group of us. Rumor has it some berry pickers take things very seriously, so be sure to stay in your row. We all filled our baskets with beautiful strawberries in no time at all. Even our munchkins got into it helping find just the right bright red strawberry. If that didn’t keep them busy they played in the dirt, and found worms. It did not take long to fill our baskets. Next it was over to the raspberries where again we were assigned a row to pick along. The raspberries were higher up so with young kids it can be harder for them to take part. But don’t worry, there is another way to keep kids entertained. Tairalyn taught Evie the best way to eat a raspberry. You put them onto your fingers like little hats, and then pop them in your mouth one at a time.Once we were all set with our baskets filled with berries. We returned our wagon and had our baskets and its contents weighed and we paid. The prices were great for you pick.
If you are visiting Krause be sure to go into the Market. Inside you will find all sorts of special treats everything from fudge, to baked goods, and their berry pies. If you want to make sure you get one of their stacked tall berry pies you may want to call ahead of time and pre-order one. I was also told that the cookie dough, and frozen pies are incredible too!
We are already hoping to go back for when the blueberry fields open so that we can get some more fresh fruit. We left with incredible local and fresh produce, but know we want to go back soon. There is still more to be discovered at Krause including enjoying a pancake breakfast. You can easily make your visit there a full morning or afternoon adventure for the whole family.