This weekend my friend and I loaded the kids in the car and drove out to a large self-pick farm. The farm was full of ripe blueberries, plums, apricots, blackberries, and peaches. The kids walked cheerfully through the blueberry bushes carrying little pint-sized containers and picked berries to their heart’s content. Several times I looked back and saw my youngest grabbing large handfuls of berries and popping them in her mouth. It’s a memory I’ll carry ingrained in my mind forever. I simply love seeing my kids out in the elements, picking fruits and vegetables, understanding where their food actually comes from.
Sunday afternoon I gave my kids a large sack of apricots to half and pit while I washed and sterilized the jars. They turned on some Taylor Swift and we all sang at the top of our lungs (and shook our hips) as we got all the elements ready for our preserves. It took about an hour of singing and working together to fill the jars – a delightful kid-friendly project for a sunny afternoon. If you don’t have kids you could invite a few friends over and have a preserve-making party. Break out some wine, turn up the music and enjoy creating wholesome little jars of goodness.