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At farms, fun is ripe for the picking

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PLANT CITY (FOX 13) -

They're pint-sized pickers picking pints. No, that's not a tongue-twister. I'm talking about kids and crops.

Evanell Griffin owns Shady Acres Farms.

"Usually, when they hop out of the car, they're running. They want to go. They want to go to the strawberry fields," she said of kids' excitement when visiting the farm."

She's talking about taking your kids to a local U-pick farm. It has become a yearly family tradition for many.

"I tell them it's a good thing for them to bring their children out," she said. "It's good entertainment and cheap entertainment."

At Shady Acres Farm, once the strawberry season starts to wind down, the rows and rows of red open up to u-pickers.

And just so we're straight here u-pick means you do the picking.

"There's no age limit," Griffin said.

Meaning this can be a fun farming activity for even the smallest fruit-loving family member. Kenneth Der owns Big Bear Farms in Plant City. He said the kids go crazy.

But if rummaging through ripe red berries is not your thing, try budding blueberries. There are several u-pick blueberry farms in our area as well.

"The kids enjoy it and the parents enjoy it." Der said. "It gives the parents a break because they come out and show the kids that food really does come from a farm. It doesn't come from a tin can."

Local farmers say whether your kids like to pick or pluck - they'll stay busy, learn a lot about local agriculture and have a healthy snack to take home.

"The look when they come out of the field is dirt and strawberries all over," Griffin said.

This can be a berry messy business, but one your young u-picker will probably pick to do again.

April Kellogg will continue her "Mom, I'm bored" series all this week on Good Day Tampa Bay, with fun activities for parents and kids.

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