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Batey’s Berries Strawberry Picking – Murfreesboro, TN

Greer not slipping on the mud while strawberry picking at Batey's Berries, Murfreesboro, TN, photo by Caryn

Greer not slipping on the mud while strawberry picking at Batey’s Berries, Murfreesboro, TN, photo by Caryn

My husband’s first cousin once removed invited me to go strawberry picking yesterday. It was gloomy, misty and cool and not my usual Thursday morning as it involved being in a field instead of the warehouse. Sounded like a plan and a nice break. Neither Greer nor I had picked strawberries before. Had we been I would have known to wear boots and bring clean shoes to change into afterwards. The nice gentleman at Batey Farms’ ‘Batey’s Berries’ told us to go down the rows with grass between them. Well those had been thoroughly picked and the ones with the Holy Grail beauties nearly ready to hop into my freezer jam jar were on the muddy rows.  Go big or go home.

Batey Farms Berry Patch, Murfreesboro, TN, photo by Caryn

Batey Farms Berry Patch, Murfreesboro, TN, photo by Caryn

As you can see by my shoes and left knee I had a little trouble remaining vertical. Worth it? Yes. Do I need a new pair of shoes? Yes. Will I return? YES! Best way to know hours and days is to follow Batey Farms on Facebook and @bateyfarms on Twitter. If you look on their Facebook page you’ll see that today U-Pick buckets are $12 (instead of the usual $10) with the extra $2 going to help the Ellis Family of Rutherford County who were displaced from their home recently by fire and have immediate needs for their 10 family members.

We picked 4 buckets: 3 for Greer and 1 for me. Each bucket weighed approximately 4 pounds. I dropped off some berries to a couple friends and had enough left to make 10.5 pints of Strawberry Freezer Jam last evening from freshly picked and never chilled berries and still more left for snacking and fruit salad this weekend.

Sure-Jell + Sugar + H2O + strawberries and a little heat and a little cold = Freezer Jam, photo by Caryn at Publix

Sure-Jell + Sugar + H2O + strawberries and a little heat and a little cold = Freezer Jam, photo by Caryn at Publix

Junk Lady's Strawberry Freezer Jam, Photo by Caryn

Junk Lady’s Strawberry Freezer Jam, Photo by Caryn

Batey Farms Berry Patch, Murfreesboro, TN, photo by Caryn

Batey Farms Berry Patch, Murfreesboro, TN, photo by Caryn

 

Throwback Thursday – Penny Publix!

photo by caryn of a 19702 publix ad featuring penny publix

Photo by Caryn of a 1970’s Publix Ad Featuring ‘Penny Publix’

Having grown up shopping at Bells, Super Duper, Tops, and Wegmans I did not get to experience Publix until moving to Tennessee. I recently found this advertisement for Publix in an early 1970’s magazine. It features an ecstatic Penny Publix cheering on the fine art of tailgating.

One thing you may not know about Publix is that they partner with local elementary, middle, and high schools to help with fundraising efforts. Check with the PTO at your child’s, grandchild’s, niece or nephew’s school to see if they have a FREE key tag for you. Even if you don’t have relatives in your local school you can still get a key tag to help with the fundraising.

photo by caryn of pto supplied fundraising key tags

Photo by Caryn of PTO Supplied Publix Partners Fundraising Key Tag

Please have no worries about your spending habits getting tracked. The tag is not connected to you, it is only connected to the school. However many Little Debbie Snack Cakes you buy will remain your business.


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