On Saturday June 18, ICO volunteers Jeff and Nicki joined St. Peters staffmember Loretta and 5 young women in the fifth grade on a trip to Spring Rain farm in E. Taunton for a great day on the farm, complete with strawberry picking.
The group met early at St. Peters around 9am and headed south to the farm, where we were greeted by William and his mother who gave us a wonderful tour of the grounds including the house, the barn, and an explanation (and taste!) of the items growing in the family garden. The 140 acre Spring Rain farm has been in the family since 1980 and has been used for raising cranberries, heifers, and all types of other crops/animals, and continues to grow a variety of crops, including u-pick strawberries!
William was kind enough to take us on a trailer with hay bales for a ride around the large farm as he pulled us by tractor - we saw the irrigation/pumping system, some of the cows, the hayfields and cranberry bogs, and William even revved up the engine and took us on a really fast (and bumpy!) ride through a cleared field that may have been the highlight of the trip. After that, we all grabbed a carton and went through the rows of delicious ripe strawberries and looked to gather the perfect berries.
After cooling off a bit from the sun in the fields, we headed to a wooded area of the farm across the road and laid out blankets for a lunch of sandwiches and fruit, and the young women gave us a stunning performance of traditional Cape Verdean dancing they had been practicing. We said fairwell to William, his parents, and his fiance (he's getting married this month!) and took a short drive to nearby Massasoit State Park for a short hike, to cool off on the shores of Lake Rico, and to have a gymnastics competition!
We all had a great time, and we want to extend a special thank you to William, his family, and Spring Rain farm for being such gracious hosts, they made us feel like family for the afternoon.
A link to the photo album can be found here: