My family and I have been strawberry picking every summer for as long as I can remember, but I've only started heading out on my own to pick other fruits and flowers in recent years. My friend Joanna lives really close to Burnside Farms in Haymarket, so she and I made a trip out their Tulip Festival this week. I'd been there before to pick sunflowers in August, but I'd never managed to make it to the flower fields in time for tulip season before.
The fields were beautiful! There were so many varieties of tulips that were unfamiliar to me, along with daffodils and hyacinths. Joanna and I were so surprised by how huge and colorful the flowers were - most of the tulips we'd seen in gardens were barely the size of a fist, but some of the blooms at Burnside were bigger than my whole hand. The owners of the farm really committed to the Tulip Festival theme, too - there were dozens of wooden clogs to try on and a giant clog bench to sit on, along with all of the wheelbarrows full of flowers and other little touches that they keep up for the sunflower season later in the summer.
There's a $6 entrance fee during the week and an $8 fee on Saturdays and Sundays, and the flowers are priced at $1 for 2 daffodils or 1 tulip or $2 for a tulip with the bulb attached. If you live in the area, you should definitely make a trip out to Burnside Farms to pick your own.
Have you picked tulips before? How do you like to celebrate the start of spring? Let me know in the comments and check below for other similars at a variety of price points!