It's a bird, it's a plane, no wait it's a strawberry. (via Flickr/c3lsius)
When you're at the supermarket and you grab that plastic box of strawberries don't you wish there was a more festive way to pick fruit? You start to picture yourself getting back to nature and eating fruit the way it was meant to be tasted. Well strawberry patches still exist and they are all over Texas. So go out and pick your berries the old fashioned way at Hallie's Strawberry Patch in Atascosa county. Here are some tips for all of you first timers out there:
First off, there is not an admission fee to enter the garden and strawberries are reasonably priced at $2 per pound. Remember to bring cash because credit cards are not accepted.
1. Wear comfortable clothes. It can get hot in the garden so dress appropriately. Hats are advised if you go during the later hours when the sun is at its peak.
2. Be prepared to sweat if you go late in the day. The best time to go to the garden is during the morning when the weather is coolest. This is when the berries will be the easiest to pick and may possibly be sweeter due to the cool temps.
3. Sunscreen is your best friend. Once again, if you choose to go late in the day you're more prone to get sunburned so lather up that SPF and get picking!
4. Bending is not optional. The strawberry bushes are on raised beds; however, you will have bend over a lot to pick the berries. So do as Ice Cube once said in the early 2000s "put your back into it."
5. Bring a basket or box to collect your berries. Unless you enjoy cradling them in your arms.
6. Channel your inner Edward Scissorhands inside the garden. You can bring your own personal pair of scissors to snip the strawberries off branches or borrow some from the local farmers. Who knows? You might end up being the next great garden sculptor in your family.
After you pick your berries, they will weigh them, charge you and you're free to create your next great dessert. Or eat them on the car ride home, no judgement here.