It really is the sweetest time of the year and I am all about traveling the rainbow of berry picking season, from strawberries to blueberries to blackberries. The DMV has so many options for fresh fruit picking, so earlier this summer I took a road trip to visit Larriland Farm, just a short drive from the city.

My experience picking strawberries was so much fun and can be the perfect outing for family and friends. Even if you miss a specific berry season this summer, you can still find the freshest fruit at your local store or farmerโ€™s market.

Iโ€™m sure you are asking โ€œwhat can you do with all these berries once you pick them?โ€ Well, I have a special treat in store for youโ€ฆ.

Samanthaโ€™s Strawberry Shortcake Jars

This easy sweet treat is perfect for a summer picnic with the kids or your next outdoor BBQ menu. Itโ€™s light yet perfect for the summer heat.


  • Fresh Strawberries
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • Pound cake or Angel food cake 
  • Fresh whip cream 
  • Mason Jars

Simply have fun with this one! Layer in all the goodies but feel free to add in nuts and other berries to make it yummy.

Interested in picking your own fresh berries? Check out the top farms in the DMV for seasonal pickings:

Butlerโ€™s Orchard 
Larrilands Farm 
Wegmeyer Farms

Samantha E is a creative Washingtonian consultant with a keen eye for details. After growing up in Arkansas she ventured to North Carolina where she earned her bachelorโ€™s in business administration from Bennett College for Women. Samantha then moved to the district to pursue her professional career in business development, she started the Samantha E brand and blog as a creative outlet along the way. She has an extensive background in visual imagery and brand story consulting with a passion for helping others show up in the most visionary way. Samantha Eโ€™s value lies in the ability to collaborate with clients to create a breathtaking story for people and brands. She has worked in retail and the personal styling world for major brands like Banana Republic, Gap and Trunk Club. When she is not creating content over on Samantha E  youโ€™ll find her on IG at S.E.COLE, eating her way through different cities, exploring the outdoors and cooking yummy meals at home.