Meet the Sullivans: A Berry Good Time

June 23, 2014

A Berry Good Time

It's officially summer! I didn't make an official "summer bucket list" for our family, but Keith and I have a mental list of activities we want to do and places we want to go as a family this summer. There is so much happening around these parts that we could probably find something new and fun to do each weekend, all within a 45 minutes drive from us. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I LOVE living in the Bay Area!

Sunday morning Keith mentioned how fun it would be to go strawberry picking, so we decided to pack up and head out to Phipps Country Farm in Pescadero. We called ahead and found out that there would be no strawberry picking because of the drought we've had in California, but that there were plenty of olallieberries!

In typical coastal fashion, it was a bit overcast on the coast, but the drive down Highway 1 was still beautiful. Pescadero is literally a one stoplight town, they really only had one hanging from a wire, and there is a big giant flag pole in the middle of town.

Phipps Country Farm is a cute little place to do berry picking, shop for local produce and visit farm animals. Berry picking is free for children under 5 or over 60, and costs $3 for all other people. The price per pound for the berries is $3.50. You can also buy carrots (10 cents each) to feed the donkey, which you bet your behind we did!

The farm has a lot of charm, including lots of old rusty tractors and a collection of chainsaws. Kind of creepy, but also sort of neat. If you know me, you know I love old things.

Don't you love that black and white picture of Owen? That's the face he made each time he ate a sour berry, which was often since he insisted on eating the white or red ones.

We took home around two pounds of berries, so I'm flash freezing them to turn them into jam or spread of some sort latter this week. We'll see if I get my act together enough for that though!

That donkey sure loves (and expects!) his carrots from passersby! On our way out to the fields he trotted over to the fence and grunted a bit, as if to say, "Where are my carrots? You know that's the deal, right? You walk by, I get carrots.". We got him a few on the return trip. We spent some time checking out the other animals... pheasants, a turkey, roosters, chickens, goats. The turkey seemed aggressive, are they always that way?

After visiting the farm we were all feeling pretty hungry, so we ventured back up Pescadero Creek Road to the main street, Stage Road. There were a few cute shops with crafty things in them, and one or two little bakery / deli type places. We'd heard great things about the Artichoke Garlic Herb bread from Arcangeli Grocery Co., so we stopped in to pick some up. I also bought a Meyer Lemon EVOO and a Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce. 

The Artichoke Garlic Herb bread was out of this world amazing! It was fresh out of the oven when we bought it, so it was really warm on the inside and perfectly crunchy on the inside -- with tons of artichokes inside too. We'll definitely be back for more someday!

We spent some time causing general havoc and chaos along the streets. Sorry to all the people we (by "we", I mean Owen) almost tripped or knocked over during our fun. I think someone put sugar in his bread. The Downtown Local coffee house is one of the coolest, and  kind of unexpected, places down there. They have coffee (duh) and all sorts of neat vintagey, antiques inside and some cool spots to sit and enjoy your coffee, like the leather chair Owen sat in. 

We had lunch at Duarte's Tavern per recommendation of their olallieberry pie! I tried their cream of artichoke + cream of green chile soups mixed together (per the recommendation of Yelpers) and they were incredible! Keith had the tri tip sandwich, which he said was good. Owen had grilled cheese. We loved the pie too!

We were all stuffed and ready for naps following our long, fun day! We love exploring our area!

PS! I'm guest posting to day over on Running from the Law as part of Sara's Photography for Mom's series! I'm sharing some tips & tricks that I've learned in the last few years to get good pictures of my kiddo, so be sure to swing by and check it out -- and while you're there check out the rest of the posts in the series. I've already learned so much from what the other moms have had to share!


the girl in the red shoes said...

What a fun little weekend!

Kelli Herrington said...

Looks like a fun filled weekend and I wish we had something that cool around here. I know your family enjoyed it

gillian claire said...

So fun! I love your little one's outfit. :)

hello erin said...

this looks like a BLAST!! such a fun weekend. i love love love it!!!

Erica Layne | Let Why Lead said...

I love hearing about what you do in our area! We are big fans of Pescadero and Phipps Farm too. I think I'm gonna have to try that pie at Duarte's next time!

Sara McCarty said...

Oh, what a fun weekend! I would love to take Mac berry picking one day. He doesn't have the patience right now, but maybe we could do apple picking in the fall. I'm not going to hold my breathe. :) Love the photos, as usual. That sour face is awesome! And now I am craving artichokes.

Happily Ever Parker said...

This is so my kind of thing. I bet those would be delicious in a pie!

Ashley Dorey said...

This looks like so much fun!! And what a cute town!

Laureen said...

Oh how fun, I love days like this exploring and doing new things. We need to find a place to pick fresh fruit stat, I've seen too many ADORABLE pictures of everyone doing this. :)

Jess at Just Rainbows and Butterflies said...

I love doing this type of thing. So fun and what a good memory for you guys!

Lisa Loves John said...

This looks like such a blast! I absolutely love Owen's sour berry face... wayyyy too cute!!

Ashley Brickner said...

So much fun, love days like these!! And I loved your post!!

Courtney [Sweet Turtle Soup] said...

Now that is fun! I love berry picking, even if it is one I've never heard of before, ha. That face he is making..priceless!! the rest sounds downright delicious too.

Elizabeth [Chasin' Mason] said...

So fun!!! I used to live in the Bay Area and had no idea about that fun place!
Owen looks like he had a great time! Love his face when he ate a sour one. Mason made a similar face every time he drank some of my carbonated water tonight but he kept coming back for more! Silly toddlers.

Alyssa said...

This looks like so much fun!! I love that they had so many other activities to do - it looks like you had a great time!