This summer we have been exploring different parts of San Francisco area that are fun for kids. A few weeks ago we went to Tomales Bay, where Amelia saw an oyster farm and ran around the grounds. This week we went on a field trip to the town of Davenport, which is 12 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. Amelia saw where food comes from and how it grows. She still remembers last year's cherry picking trip so she was excited to pick fruit again this year.
Swanton Berry Farm sits on the Pacific coast with a spectacular ocean view. We lucked out with a glorious day for strawberry picking. The sun was out, temperature was in the 70's, and the ocean breeze kept us comfortable.
I have never seen such perfect little strawberries. I love the tiny, cute ones while Amelia went for the big berries.
We ended up with 10 pounds of strawberries plus a few more in Amelia's tummy.
After picking, you go to the store to weigh and pay for your berries under the honor system.
You can also buy homemade jams, pies, and other goodies from their kitchen.
Our farm-to-table cake. My sister Ricci and niece Jaya baked this strawberry shortcake when we got back home.
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Photos in today's story were taken by Dr. Ricci Sylla.
Ricci is an ObGyn by profession, and an avid, snap-happy photographer at all other times. She likes taking pictures mostly of food, but since the recent population explosion in her family, cute nieces and nephews show up much more frequently in her Picasa files. She hearts cake, ice cream, macarons, cotton candy and fancy desserts!