RANT: Fruits of Labor

Each summer I intend to take the kids to a u-pick-ur-own berry farm.  Our son likes blue berries and our daughter, strawberries, but unfortunately neither one loves berries enough to get behind this fun, healthy, potentially disappointingly laborious activity.
“Do we have too?” (Clearly they need a little more labor and little less luxury, because berry picking is fun right?! Am I wrong here people?)
They’d never been berry picking, until last Thursday when we attended the Kruger Farms Summer Concert series, which is a pretty sweet set up.  Every summer Thursday night, out at Sauvie Island, OR from 6:30-9:30 , $10 per car, bring a blanket and whatever you like to the grounds.  There is a gorgeous farm with a view of Mt Hood, lantern lights, food carts, and a makeshift stage amongst berry bushes.
 (Confession: I had no idea what a blueberry bush looked like until this event!)
I’m sure they have this sort of thing in lots of communities, and if they don’t, they should.  So seek one out, or even better, create something similar in your ‘hood!  It’s just good clean wholesome fun AND quite profitable for the farm owner!
Plus, after harvesting her own, our strawberry lover is now a blueberry lover.  Funny how a little hard (or not really  hard, in this case) work can make you really appreciate the “fruits of your labor” (pun, and fun, intended!)

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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