Get to the Farm
The best time to go is early in the season before it’s been picked over. Search for local farms in your area that sell the fruit your kids decided on and give them a call to see how their harvest has been.
Try to get there early in the day when the temps are lower and the picking’s easy.
Bring a few snacks and drinks for your kids to have while walking around and a few extra containers for taking your fruit home. Small baskets for the kids and bigger boxes for the fam. Most farms will provide you with a container, but they also may charge you to take it home with you.
Speaking of cash, you should decide beforehand how many ounces or pounds you want before you get there. There’s something about the word “bushel” that makes us say “heck yeah” and then we end up with way too many peaches. Bring cash, if you can. It can be hit or miss if they take a credit card depending on the farm you pick.
Restrain yourself from dressing everyone up in their latest boots and fancy plaid. The kids are going to get dirty. That’s half the fun. Bring wide-brimmed hats to protect from the sun and extra layers for warmth in the fall.
When you get there, find the check-in area, and see how they charge for their fruit. Is it by weight, volume, or count? Is there a separate container fee? Which row is the best one to start from?