We went to a blueberry farm out past Champoeg called "Cora's Crop" named after their adorable 2-year-old daughter who was in the field. In less than 45 minutes, we picked 4 pounds and Paige picked over a pound by herself. She never even tried one berry until we'd paid for them and were in the car and then she ate almost a pint by herself. They are SOOOOO good!
Then we went to a different farm on the other side of Highway 219 to pick raspberries. The bushes were taller than me and Paige never complained about getting poked. She just picked, picked, picked. I kept asking her if she wanted to stop and she persistently said, "No. I'm picking raspberries." We picked for an hour, side by side, and mostly silently. It was a field on the honor system - weigh your own fruit, use their buckets and put your money in a plastic pencil box. We were the only people in the entire field. Paige would periodically break the silence and say, "This is so much fun Mommy. I love picking berries." We picked four pounds of raspberries and Paige picked an entire pound of it herself - of raspberries where you have to hunt to find the berries through the somewhat scratchy branches. I couldn't believe it. She said, "My back's all sweaty from being such a hard worker but isn't this fun Mommy?"
I told her she may have a future in farming and she smiled and said, "When I grow up I want to be a farm girl and grow berries to give to my animals. I know they'll like them cause I like berries. And I also want to be a cowgirl too." She chose her berry picking outfit and wore a brown t-shirt, very-short lime green shorts, and her hot pink cowboy boots. She looked so cute that I took three pictures - one of her smiling proudly at the berry field with the mountains in the background, one with the self-timer of Paige and I in the same spot, and one of her at the check-out table by the sign describing the honor system. I just LOVED every minute. It brought back great memories of my mom dragging us to the berry fields and brainwashing us with "Isn't this such fun family time?"