BERRYTON — Children and adults carried buckets, bags, boxes and bowls through Jay Shively’s 1½-acre strawberry patch on Friday, squatting to reach beneath the leaves for plump red berries.
Dozens of Topeka-area families, including many with young children, visited the patch at Berry Hill UPick Farm, 5840 S.E. Croco Road in Berryton, to pick a few pounds of vine-ripened strawberries from the field’s first crop.
Shively and his family planted 20,000 June-bearing and ever-bearing strawberry plants last September. The field opened for picking Monday.
“You’ll see kids coming out of there with red around their mouth,” he said Friday in between directing new arrivals to sections of the patch with the most ripe berries and taking a photo for a family preparing to pay for their berries...Read More