Our Strawberry Adventure & Stonyfield and Tom’s of Maine Giveaway!

Did you know that May is National Strawberry picking month?  It makes total sense, as the strawberries are at their peak in most states this month.  After having to postpone our strawberry picking we finally made it this past weekend!

After driving a little over an hour we reached the farm.  There were row after row of fresh ripe and almost too-ripe berries ready and waiting to be picked.  We are almost at the end of our season here in Arkansas so I was so happy we got to pick before it was too late!  Austin enjoyed his independence and enjoyed skipping from row to row in search of the largest berries!  He was so proud to show me each of the berries he thought we the largest, which was about every other one!  He couldn’t contain his excitement.  After all, he knows that we avoid buying the c conventional strawberries at the store due to the high amount of chemicals present so he was so excited at the thought he could eat all of these berries!

Addie insisted on wearing a hat like her brother, even though it kept covering her eyes.  She also enjoyed showing me each of the berries she thought was extra special.  Who knew so much delight could come from being in a field of berries!  I am so thank-ful that my children require very little to be happy and enjoy in taking part of learning to harvest our food.  I think any type of gardening and farming is a great way for children to understand where our food comes from and the work involved.  Mine just happen to think it is so much fun, and that makes this Mama happy!

After picking about an hour and twenty minutes and two potty breaks later, we had picked a little over 18 pounds of berries.   (The picture above is one of three boxes we picked).  We took a short break in the farm’s air-conditioned cafe and Austin chattered non-stop with his questions about the farm.   The teenage boy behind the counter was so kind and answered as many questions as he could.  We headed out with our berries in tow and a few mini cucumbers that they gave the children.

Once we arrived home, this Mama hopped backed in the car and headed off to pick green beans.  As much as I do enjoy having the kiddos, it went very fast picking alone.  I was able to pick almost 5 gallons of green beans in a little under an hour.  Although I wish it were not as hot right now, I love summer time and gardening!  It is very relaxing to be in the garden or on the farm.

Stay tuned this week as I will share several of our favorite strawberry recipes: strawberry jam, strawberry yogurt ice pops and strawberry smoothies!

To celebrate May being National Strawberry picking month, Stonyfield Yogurt and Tom’s of Maine have teamed up to share some of their favorite Strawberry products with you!  For each tube of children’s toothpaste purchased on the Tom’s of Maine site, you will receive an on-pack coupon for $1 off YoKids Greek organic yogurt! You can also save 20% on your entire order with the coupon code:  YOKIDS20 until 6/4/12.

Since I am now officially a Stoneyfield Yo-Getter (yay) I also had the privilege to receive an awesome goody bag filled with Stonyfield Products & Free Coupons as well as Tom’s of Maine products.  They have kindly offered the same goody bag to one Frugal Greenish Mama reader!   This is an awesome pack so be sure to enter below.

A YoKids lunch sack filled with:

  • Tom’s of Maine-full 4.2oz tube of Silly Strawberry children’s toothpaste-Available in both Fluoride and Fluoride-Free.  The Fluoride-Free Toothpaste uses calcium and silica to gently clean, and the delicious real fruit flavor appeals to your child’s taste buds.  The Fluoride toothpaste is the only natural kids’ fluoride toothpaste ADA accepted to help prevent cavities.
  • Tom’s of Maine Naturally Dry deodorant-It offers 24 hour odor protection and contains olive leaf extract.  Naturally Dry antiperspirant is available in both Unscented and Natural Powder scent and is 100% recyclable from canister to cap, through the Gimme 5 recycling program.
  • Tom’s of Maine Daily Moisture soap-This ultra-rich bar soap formula contains premium moisturizing olive oil, natural vitamin E and leaves your skin clean and fresh, without the artificial or synthetic ingredients.
  • Stonyfield YoKids and YoKids Greek FREE Product coupons (several)-As the first organic Greek yogurt specially crafted for kids,  it has the extra protein kids need and is offered in two kid-friendly flavors, Raspberry and Strawberry.  As always with Stonyfield, YoKids Greek is produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, genetically engineered ingredients, or artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.
  • YoKids temporary tattoos & YoKids Strawberry-flavored Eco Lips chapstick

To enter simply leave a comment letting us know what you favorite strawberry experience was or your favorite strawberry recipe.  You can gain an entry for both, but please leave separate comments for each.

This giveaway is open to residents of the US, 18 year of age and older.  The giveaway will run from 5/30/12 to 6/8/12 at 11:59PM EST.  A winner will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize.  Void where prohibited.  I received the above goody bag from the Stonyfield Yo-Getters.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own!

 

 

 

 

58 thoughts on “Our Strawberry Adventure & Stonyfield and Tom’s of Maine Giveaway!”

  1. When I was younger I we grew strawberries in our back yard. I loved it. I like to eat strawberries with a little bit of sugar on them. Yum!

  2. Oh yum! Those strawberries look soooo good! And, what fun for that adorable lil girl 🙂

    My favorite strawberry memory would be canning my first batch of strawberry jam! ♥

  3. A couple years back we went strawberry picking. We picked and picked and picked till we ended up with 23 lbs of berries! We took them home and make so many baked goods it was unbelievable! The on top of that we make 16 quarts of jam! It was a massive strawberry feast.

  4. My favorite Strawberry recipe is my grandmother’s simple strawberry pie. You use just a few simple ingedients – strawberries, water, sugar and cornstarch (and I use a store bought pie crust – don’t tell grandma!) to create a lucious pie. Then I top it with homemade whipped cream. Yum!

  5. We lived in South Carolina when my teens were small and we went to the local strawberry festival. We picked strawberries, had strawberry treats like fresh homemade ice cream. It was a lot of fun!

  6. Lindsie Stamper

    My favorite recipe is a strawberry Sunday. Strawberry’s, homemade whip cream,chocolate drizzle, and crushed almonds!

  7. Lindsie Stamper

    My favorite strawberry picking time was the day before my wedding. We were going to have a chocolate fountain, not on of those small ones, but the biggest on they had to rent! So I had some of my friends and family come with me to the strawberry farm to help or we would have been there all day. When I looked up from picking, well over half the people there were there for the wedding, and it was so touching, but I’m sure they didn’t mind sense they would pick a little then eat a lot!

  8. We took our son strawberry picking for the first time last summer and he loved it! He sat right down in the middle of the aisle and started eating all the strawberries!

  9. Fav memory…..strawberry picking with my mom and a snake had the nerve to come across her path. I think she flew out of the field!!!

  10. Paul T / Pauline T

    favorite recipe is mashed strawberries on top of yellow cake topped with whipped cream to make strawberry shortcake – emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  11. Paul T / Pauline T

    our strawberry season is in full force around April. We have a festival mid April. My favorite experience is going to strawberry farms annually and picking our own – emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  12. My best strawberry experience was last year we went to one of those Strawberry U-PICK farms and loaded up on delicious strawberries. It was a wonderful experience. 🙂

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  13. Michelle Macaluso

    My favorite strawberry experience is picking them on my grandparents farm in the summer with my cousins. Then we would help my grandma make jam with them and give all the jams silly names.

    mmacaluso333@yahoo.com

  14. My favorite memory regarding strawberries would have to be when I was young, we’d go out to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house to pick them as a family! 🙂

  15. My favorite strawberry experience was making strawberry shortcake when I was little. I was excited to use the angel food cake and didn’t realize it would be the strawberries that was the best part. LOL

  16. I’m a big fan of Homemade Strawberry Jam, It takes a lot of strawberry’s but its pretty simple to make! Thanks again for the giveaway!

  17. When I was a baby I was allergic to strawberry’s, I’m not anymore:) So I was careful when my daughter first tried them, she had no allergenic reaction, thank God because she absolutely loved them, So her and I still enjoy strawberries with cool whip or yogurt. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. So what to do with all those strawberries? Well since we got rhubarb in our CSA share this week, I made a strawberry-rhubarb compote in the crockpot and we’ve been eating it on everything from ice cream to cornbread to pancakes. It was super easy: fill the crockpot with strawberries and diced rhubarb. Add 1/2 cup of sugar. Cook on high, covered, for 2 hours. Mash everything up with a potato masher. Taste and add more sugar if desired. Cook an additional 1 hour on low, uncovered. That’s it!

    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

    1. Thanks Julie for sharing! Sounds yummy! I have another 16lbs on my table just waiting for me to preserve. I need to get to it as they are disappearing quickly. My 4 year old son is like a bottomless pit when it comes to berries!

  19. Last week we went strawberry picking with another mama. Between the two of us we had 10 children and just us two adults. It was crazy but so much fun. With the older kids’ help we managed to pick 45 pounds of strawberries in a little over an hour. Whew!

  20. My favorite strawberry recipe is strawberry-rhubarb crisp! I LOVE it! First tasted it at Biltmore Estates when we visited two years ago and I was hooked ever since! 🙂

  21. My mom would always take us strawberry picking during the summer. We would always eat a ton of them while we picked them! It’s a tradition that I plan on continuing with my daughter. 🙂

  22. My favorite strawberry experience was as a little kid, when I would watch them grow in my grandmother’s backyard and then pick them when they were ripe!

  23. We went strawberry picking the day before Mother’s Day and had a blast! I absolutely love going with the kids but you are definitely right about it taking forever 😉

    We used 1/2 of our strawberries to make some strawberry tarts and strawberry short cakes and then put the other 1/2 in the freezer for smoothies. Mmmm!

  24. I am super jealous of your organic strawberries! I won’t buy conventional either, I wish we had organic nearby!

    We have one of those bags and I love it – it holds a ton and I’ve even washed it in the laundry and it came out fine.

  25. I love this no bake Strawberry pie! It is made with graham cracker crust and gelatin and topped with strawberries as well as strawberries layer on top of the crust! LOVE IT!

  26. Ellen Levickis

    my mom used to pick wild strawberries in our woods nearly daily each July as I was growing up and she added them to slightly softened ice cream for dessert

  27. When I was growing up, I hated strawberry picking but I loved the strawberry jam my mom made. It was worth it.

  28. We went strawberry picking this week! It was so much fun. We love eating strawberries, strawberry pops (frozen) and strawberry cake !

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