One of the things our boys love is the garden. Mark and Dax both water and weed (sometimes correctly) and pick and eat (also sometimes correctly) anything they think looks good. Though all the vegetables are behind because of our eternal winter, the strawberries have finally come around. We love our strawberry patch. It is easy to take care of, and the strawberries far outclass anything you get at the store. In fact, Dax doesn't eat store strawberries, but he has had strawberries from the garden up to 4 times a day!
We usually pick strawberries every other day for the 3 weeks they are ripening, and this is a pretty average take. Though we occasionally do have smoothies or strawberry shortcake, we most enjoy eating them just like candy.
We highly recommend you start your own strawberry patch. It's easy to take care of, spreads like wildfire (I have to take the weed whacker to it 2 or 3 times a year), and lasts year-to-year. All we do is cover the plants with netting to keep the birds (and kids) out and pick them when they are ready.
We have also sprinkled some slug bait in the spring because we had a problem with that one year. This year, though, after 3 harvests like the one above we've only found 3 berries that have been nibbled by insects-- it seems Natalie's slithery friend has been quite effective!