At the end of spring I made a summer to do list to get us inspired and out doing more things while the warmer weather lasts. One thing that was at the top of my list, and something that I used to do as a child, was strawberry picking.
My friend Mhairi and I have been talking about organising a day of strawberry picking for just about as long as I have known her so this July we decided to make it happen.
We did our research beforehand to make sure that we found the perfect picking location. We didn't want anywhere too commercial and were keen to be somewhere in the middle of the countryside. There's something about being in the countryside that makes me very happy, it reminds me of growing up and being at my parent's house in the country, somewhere that when I visit I never want to leave.
We settled for visiting Middleton of Potterton Farm. Not too far from the city of Aberdeen and run by a family, it's the ideal place for fruit picking. Depending on the time of year, you can pick a variety of berries including strawberries, raspberries and gooseberries as well as buy bags of local potatoes and other fresh fruit and veg.
Keen to pick as many strawberries as possible, we wandered through the fields for just over an hour. We both managed to fill two punnets and after we had had enough we took a walk around the other areas of the farm. There were fields filled with wild flowers as well as old traditional buildings home to cattle and a couple of donkeys that we said hello to.
We headed home with a basket full of fresh berries and started planning what to do with them. I'm hoping to make a series of strawberry desserts, just in time for Wimbledon, so look out for more Strawberry themed posts.