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Due to the “soft” winter, the strawberries

came in about two weeks early this spring.

We like to head for Thies Farms due to it’s prime

location.  Be sure to head for the Maryland Expressway

location, although Thies Farms offered U-pick

strawberries this year at the Hanley location too.

We like to pick near the playground, because the

strawberries are smaller and sweeter.

Look at this cool toad we caught!  To catch a frog or toad,

show kids how to put one hand on top of it,

rather than trying to cup it to catch it.

It takes some practice.  Make sure your kids

get a chance to catch toads and frogs,

it’s one of the great pleasures of life!

Several new families came out for the first

time this year, and many families came

out on their own to pick on other days.

It’s always amazes me that families often

already know each other.

Riding the tractor seems to be a highlight for

the boys especially.  We also had much discussion

of freezer jam, which makes an excellent teacher

appreciation gift at the end of the school year.

Watch the Green Spiral Facebook Page or go to

greenspiraltours@gmail.com and request to get on

the strawberry list.  The strawberry list alerts you

when the strawberries are ready in spring, and gives you

tips, like the date of the Strawberry Festival.

The strawberries were very abundant this year,

and strawberry picking is a favorite Green Spiral activity.

We’ll be back next year…

Thank you Thies Farms!

In March 2012, we toured “The Hill,”

with professional tour guide,

Joe DeGregorio.  Joe was fun and

informative, hire him if you have a group:

Joe DeGregorio

Here’s a cute 2 minute video that

describes our adventure best:

We watched handmade ravioli

being made, we played Bocce Ball

at a private club, and toured

Herbaria, makers of fine natural

soaps.  The more you learn about

soap, the more you want to go natural.

Love Herbaria!


St. Louis is home to one of the most cutting-edge

kitchen incubators in the country.

We played in the kitchen with pie maker Jane Callahan of “Pie Oh My!”

at the “Begin New Venture” kitchen incubator at St. Patrick’s Center.

Here’s a link to Jane’s business, you can order pies and she

will deliver them to your house for a party.

Pie Oh My! 

A kitchen incubator is a commercial kitchen complete

with support services designed to help new food companies

get launched.  What makes this kitchen unique is it’s focus

on creating meaningful work for the homeless and unemployed.

Here’s the link for St. Patrick’s Center, they are doing great stuff:


After our field trip, our best nature girl came home

and made her very own little pies the very next day!

Above is the link to our video of the goat visit in October 2011!

It’s the best way to get a flavor for our visit.


This is Merryl Winstein, cheesemaker and

owner of the famous goats in Webster Groves.

We got to pet the goats and see the chickens

We all got a chance to milk the goats

and see a simple cheesemaking process

in the workshop in the basement.

We made ricotta cheese.

Yum! Got fresh goat’s milk?

The goats are closed to the general public,

but you can take a weekend cheesemaking

class by clicking here:


Tell Merryl that Green Spiral Tours sent you.

Just after Bastille Day, we explored our French Heritage

at “Rue Lafayette” a french cafe on Lafayette Square

that serves chocolate croissants flown in from Paris.

You can bring your dog to the cafe!

(This is me, Jessie Hoagland, along

with my boy Mack and puppy Lucy)

Rent little sailboats at Rue Lafayette, and sail them

on the pond across the street in Lafayette Square.

Many stories were told about the geese and swans

that call the pond their home..

One family happened to be travelling to Europe later

that summer, and was inspired to sail boats as was

the original inspiration for the Rue Lafayette sailboats!

Here’s the link for Rue Lafayette, great destination

for croissants, cafe au lait, quiche and dog lovers.

Tell them Green Spiral sent you.


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