Happily we went to the orchard on Monday when the temperature was closer to 90 than 100. We dressed cooly, put on the girls' sun hats and covered ourselves in sunblock. We were fortunate that some friends were willing to come with us which made the outing extra fun for Meg and Clare (and for me since I had a nice conversation with another mom on the long drive to the orchard and back).
We went to Homestead Farm in Poolesville, Maryland. It is a nice, manageable, walkable orchard. There were a few other families there but it was far from crowded. Since the girls are much older than the last time we went berry picking, we were able to give them a little freedom to move around the fields and find the best strawberries. It is important to the girls that they have the opportunity to explore on their own so I am trying to keep an eye on them while not hovering.
Meg and Clare were very proud of all the berries they picked.