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Field Trip

posted Sep 11, 2011, 6:19 PM by Coop Webperson   [ updated May 2, 2012, 8:16 PM by John Lim ]
Hi friends,

First, I want to apologize for sending this information out so late, I hope you will join us next week on a fun adventure with the little ones! We came up with two fun options and depending on what the weather permits you can choose either option for you and your child. The first option is the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. We have a reserved a spot for 9:15am on April 24 and all you have to do is meet at the front desk and sign in under the Children's Cooperative Playschool. Unless you want to take your child into one of the special exhibits, general admission into the museum is free. We realize that Raleigh is farther away than the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, but we thought the change in location would be fun and exciting for the kids.

The second option is Strawberry picking at our friends farm, Whitted Bowers Farm, which is a certified Organic & Biodynamic Farm. Due to our very mild and warm winter, local strawberries will not be available for very long. Our friends tell us that all of the strawberries are coming in all at once and fast, so if you want your fill, now is the time to pick them! I chose this farm because unlike other local farms, Rob (the farmer) does not spray his fields, so we don't have to worry about our little ones getting rashes from chemical sprays or any other icky stuff other farmers spray on their berries. Below is the link to their website, so you can read and learn more about the farm. Rob recommends that you bring your own buckets and when you arrive, make sure you have them weighed before you start filling them with the delicious berries! The U-pick strawberries are $2.50/lb and you can stay out their as long as it takes to get the amount of strawberries you want. For those of you who are interested, I've also added a few delicious recipes in case you want to take the experience farther with your child and make homemade jams and pastries at home!

Please let us know which field trip you would like to take your child on. We have already reserved a spot for the school at the museum and I can call Whitted Bowers to let them know how many to expect if you decide strawberry picking is the trip for your family. Quick note: if your interested in both trips, you can always take your family to pick strawberries over the weekend. Let us know!

Strawberry Jam
2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled
4 cups white sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice

1. In a wide bowl, crush strawberries in batches until you have 4 cups of mashed berry. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, mix together the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high, and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil, stirring often, until the mixture reaches 220 degrees F (105 degrees C). Transfer to hot sterile jars, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch headspace, and seal. Process in a water bath. If the jam is going to be eaten right away, don't bother with processing, and just refrigerate.

Strawberry Shortcakes:

Strawberry Ice Cream:

Many thanks,

Chris & Leslie