Menifee Mom: Life's Simple Pleasures Can Be the Best

By Michelle Walsh

It took some time for me to get used to Menifee. I am a city girl, always have been.

When we first moved out here seven years ago, I felt a little out of place. I was used to having all my conveniences within an arm’s reach. Menifee has changed a lot in the past seven years; it’s grown a lot. I can only imagine what it would be like had the economy not changed as it did.

I’ve grown to like the slower speed here and the rural areas. We live in a master planned community, but only down the street are horses, llamas, goats, and a dairy farm! My girls get a big kick out of seeing the cows every morning as I drive them to school.

I enjoy being so close to farm fresh eggs, fruit and vegetable stands. We drive by crops daily. I love watching the rolling fields change colors with the seasons from brown to green.

One of the attractions of this area is that it is so close to a lot of really fun places. I’d really like to take the girls up to the snow; we’ve yet to venture out to the mountains. This past weekend, we took a family day trip out of Menifee.

On Saturday, the family went to Temecula Valley Strawberry Patch. My girls love strawberries and the farm had just opened up this past weekend. It is located in Fallbrook and was about a 40-minute drive. It was kind of a dreary day, so we had the place pretty much to ourselves.

The staff was very friendly and explained to us the process of picking. Each girl got her own basket, a pair of scissors, and we were off. The girls had fun searching for the “perfect” strawberries; they had to be red in color from the top to the bottom. They would yell out with excitement each time they had discovered one that met this description. The strawberry plants are in tiered pots, so often the girls would need a boost to get to the desired berry.

We finished up our little outing with three cups of fresh strawberry lemonade.

It’s a fun day trip, not too far from home. Kids really enjoy being able to pick out their own fruit and I like to support a family owned and operated business.

Michelle Walsh is a Menifee resident, a wife and mother of three young girls. She is a former teacher who enjoys running, exercise, sewing, gardening and socializing. Each week, she shares her experiences as a Menifee mom. Michelle welcomes your comments here.