Saturday, June 28, 2014

Entrepreneurial Minded Unschoolers

Conversation at the PYO strawberry field today:

"Mom, Little Fire Faery had an idea for if you didn't have a lot of money. She said you could come here and pick a quart of strawberries and while you were picking, you could eat as much as you wanted. You have lunch here, and you pay for the quart to have later."

I like the way they think.

And I'm, clearly, doing something right.

Note: I agreed and added that one could do as she suggested, but pick a couple of quarts (3 quarts would cost about $10), and then, sell them, double one's money, go back for more, and do it again, throughout the season. Then, there would be a little extra money for other types of food, and other stuff.


  1. Okay, I don't think I'm understanding this correctly. It sounds as though you're saying that a person should eat as many strawberries as they want while they are picking a quart to buy. So.... you are consuming a crapload of strawberries that you are not paying for ??? In my book that is called stealing and I can't imagine this is what you are advocating or proud of your girls for thinking of. Surely I am interpreting this post incorrectly.

    1. Actually, the PYO fields where we pick encourage visitors to eat while they pick. When my daughters were very young, and they ate more than they picked, because that's what kids do (but they didn't eat or pick very many, and certainly, not a quarts-worth), I offered to pay for an extra quart, but the field owners laughed, and said they don't consider it stealing. They consider it an investment.

      I'm sorry you were offended. I would never encourage my children to graze at the Farmer's Market or the grocery store, and I would be appalled if they walked into a farmer's field and took vegetables. I wouldn't even let them pick any apples on the way out of the orchard, after we've picked and paid. I abhor stealing in all of its forms, but since the field owners encourage sampling - while picking (!), I was impressed that my girls were thinking outside the box. I actually thought it was funny, and I still do.

  2. Well, I wouldn't say I was offended but I just thought I could not be understanding something correctly. I've read your blog for some time now and it sounded very uncharacteristic of you and your kids. :) Thanks for explaining.

    1. What impressed me was their willingness to work for something. I know it sounds like stealing, but they aren't asking for something for nothing. They are working for it. They pick what they eat and they pick what they buy. Picking strawberries is no easy task, even here in Maine. It's hot and it's buggy, and one is bent over and in the full sun for the entire time. When we go to a PYO farm or foraging, my girls don't stand around doing nothing. They're working, too, and while they don't pick (each individually) as much as their father and I pick, the three of them almost match the two of us with regard to productivity.

      If the farm had not allowed or had discouraged sampling, I would have made my girls comply, and I probably would feel exactly like you did, but the farm doesn't discourage it. In their words, if people are sampling while they're picking, they are more likely to come back, again, and often :).