Despite the lapse between expectations and reality, I still go berry picking with my kids multiple times during berry season. I like a good deal just as much as the next person and U-pick is always substantially cheaper than picked berries.
More than that though, I love the nostalgia of it all. My mom took all of of us kids berry picking when we were little and one of my first jobs was berry picking with my fabulous younger sister. (I do remember more raspberry fights than cash in my pocket though!) My yobo and I have picked together with the kids every year. He is a great picker and has our buckets full in no time! My girls have become excellent pickers as well and the boys in the comic are still in training. Soon I can just sit in the shade with some lemonade and watch them pick…. right? 🙂
Best of all, my freezer is full of fresh berries!