The Week Ahead for South Florida 2/26/15 Strawberries, colds, and potatoes.

I have a sick kid this week so it’s gonna be a short but sweet post. Just a cold, but those of you with kids with asthma know that I won’t sleep for a few days.  Someone may have to stop me from “facebooking while drowsy”.

We headed out to Bedner’s Farm on a schStrawberriesool field trip to pick strawberries, last week it was a great time.  If you are up for a trip to Bedner’s you can also try The Girls Strawberry Patch in Delray Beach.  It is a really cool little find and you would never know it was there if were just driving by.

We also planted some purple potatoes, I know this may have been a mistake as they don’t do well in the heat.  Yes, I know it was in the 30’s here this week, but the heat is coming back, so get ready for it!

Please check out my review of Gus on the Go A Language Learning Adventure Review and Giveaway.  It truly is the most educational App I have come across to date.  When I emailed the creators of this App to tell them how much I and my daughter love it, the graciously offered to give our readers a chance to win a download.

My Pick of the week is the Happy Dr Suess Event at the Boca Community Garden, it is free if you bring a donation of diapers for the Junior League Diaper Bank.

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The Week Ahead for South Florida 1/15/15

The Girls Strawberry Farm Car

The Girls Strawberry Turtle

It is strawberry time here in Florida!  Benders Farm (Click Here to read a Review) is The Girls Strawberry Farm now doing U-Pick Strawberries.  We also love to go to The Girls U-Pick (Click Here for a Review) it is a lovely way to spend an afternoon!

Grab the chance to take the kids a little hike!  Need some tips for hiking with the Family?  Check out 5 Tips for Hiking with Kids or 5 Tips for Birding with Kids!  We love Check out one of Boca’s best secret hiking trail (Yamato Scrub Natural Area)!  I also love Pondhawk Nature Center, it has stroller friendly paths and is near the playground.   Daggerwing Nature Center is really nice too, loads of playground, a nice small interactive education center, and of course playgrounds!

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Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market, Strawberry U-Pick and Pumpkin Patch

Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market Fall Festival

Update:

We go to Bedner’s every year!  They stepped it up a notch last year, which means that it cost a bit more too, so expect to drop some cash.  They added some great games (free) for the kids and bunch of bounce houses (not free).  The best advice i can give you about this place is that you need to go the first weekend if expect to get good pumpkin patch photo’s.  The first weekend the vines on the hay bales are green and look great.  By the end of the season, you will have photo’s of pumpkins on brown hay bales.  The second bit of advice is to go early.  This place gets very busy!

Bedner’s Fall Festival Review

This is the best Pumpkin Patch that I have been able to find.  It is a bit of a drive from Fort Lauderdale, but seriously worth it!  Bedner’s have a great market filled with beautiful locally grown fruit and vegetables, some of which are grown on property.

Weekends in October are the best here due to the Fall Festival!  Guests take a ride through the fields on a tractor to the “pumpkin patch”.  We got to see an alligator on the way!

Pumpkins don’t grow terribly well in Florida, so it’s not a real pumpkin patch, There is an entire field filled with Pumpkins sitting on what looked like cucumber vines.  So you get the feel that you are really out picking pumpkins. It is a great photo opportunity!  I got several pie pumpkins while we were there and made some great pumpkin pie with it!

The grounds are all decorated for fall and Halloween, there is a huge Tiki Hut where you can sit in the shade and enjoy great barbecue and home made ice cream and the best fresh dipped caramel apples ever!

There are also some local craft venders with some really cute stuff for sale.  Be prepared to walk to get there, we had to park down the street, so bring a stroller to carry your pumpkin back to your car even if your kid won’t use the stroller.  If you get there at opening you can park right in the lot (I won’t go unless we get there early, it gives us a chance to get through all the activities with less lines.)  

During the summer they also run a strawberry  and tomato u-pick.

Bedner’s can be found at 10066 Lee Road Boynton Beach, Florida 33473 and the Fall Festival is open Beginning September 27th Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 10-5.

Alligator at Bedner's FarmLast word of caution:  There are alligators in the canals, and while we were at the pumpkin patch I did see a child fall into the canal.  He was fine, his mother was in like a flash right after him.  However, it is a good reminder of how fast a kid can trip and fall.  Please be right on top of your kids at all times near these canals.

Bedner’s Pumpkin Patch

 

Bedner’s Pumpkin Patch

 

Gator in the Canal

 

Bedner’s Alligator
Bedner’s Fall Festival
Bedner’s Pumpkin Patch
Bedner’s Farm Market
Bedner’s Home Made Ice Cream
Bedner’s Fall Festival
Tractor Ride
Tractor Ride