Strawberry picking season has begun at Hidden Farm! For my wife and I this is the payoff for last year’s painful but necessary process of tearing up and rearranging almost the entire garden, which was a big shock to a usually busy strawberry patch. It’s great to see the berry patch bouncing back like this; of course, the buckets of rain we’ve been getting have had a lot to do with it as well.

For our toddler, this is exciting because strawberries are one of his favorite snacks. The word “strawberry” was one of the first really complicated words he learned to say, although it took some time to say it quite right. For a long time he called them “strawber-lilies,” which was just adorable. It was the first of many toddler-isms we’ve enjoyed as he’s learned to talk. “Moo-guk” is a longtime favorite, for when he wants to hear a song or two. The latest is “puticker,” for computer.

In sampling the latest from the garden, though, his comments were pretty straightforward: “mmmm,” with a side note: “I picked it!”