Sunday, August 19, 2012

Summer To Do List Part 4: U-Pick

I am so sorry blog, I neglected you for a while. Since it's summer, I have been lazy. I was taking a break from blogging. Also, for the past a few weeks, the temperature had been risen rapidly, so I did not want to sit on the hot computer for a long time. Yesterday, the weather had finally cooled off, and it was time for the part 4 of my summer to do list. The part 4 is "Going to U-Pick."
Summer is the biggest harvest season, and there are a lot of U-Pick farms and gardens in Portland. The U-Pick place we chose was Sauvie IslandEven though there were other gardens/farms more closer to our house, this one is the most extensive. It has a variety of selections of fresh produce, and it opens from January to October. Some gardens were only open in summer, and some farms only have berries. Furthermore, it was not as far as we expected, anyway. 
The view was very beautiful to see and the air was so fresh to breathe. It was fantastic to spend a Saturday morning there. 
Not only there were many kinds of produce, but also there were different kinds of colorful flowers. 
First, we looked some fresh vegetables. There were a large selections in season: cauliflower, broccoli, sweet peas, green beans, corns, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, etc. Each season has different fruits and vegetables to choose from. My mom picked some peppers.
Next, we picked blueberries. We had so much fun doing it. Summer is about berries in Oregon. I love strawberries and blueberries. Can summer stay longer? 

My family and I picked a lot of blueberries. It is my They were so yummy!! They were sweeter than the blueberries we get from grocery store. 

On the way back to check out, my dad insisted to pick a cabbage. He had to use a little knife to cut it out from its root. Remember, if you want to pick a broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, or cabbage, you better bring a sharp knife. 
Lastly, we went for peaches. Aren't they beautiful? If the Monkey King was here, he will be extremely exciting. He'd be jumping from tree to tree, and eat all the peaches. 
We picked a bucket full of peach. I think we picked TOO much....Well, I think once a while it is OK, right? They were heavy, but it's worth it. 

All in all, U-Pick was a great experience. It is the perfect way for families and friends to spend time together and enjoy the nature. This is definitely one of the must-dos during summer. There were a lot of families taking their children and neighbors to pick up some fresh produce. U-Pick prices might not be completely cost-effective compare to grocery store, but it is definitely more fresh and fun to do, so it is worthwhile making a trip. 

For more information about Sauvie Island visit their website: 

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