After days and days of rain showers, Kris and I were so happy to get out in the sunshine on Saturday morning and pick strawberries at the local(ish) pick-your-own farm in western Maryland.
We weren’t the only ones yearning for some time outside in the sun – the farm opened at 9am, and there was already a full parking lot when we arrived at 9:15am. Luckily, there were plenty of fields.
So over a two-hour span, we estimate that we picked about 50 lbs. of strawberries yesterday. We don’t mess around with our fruit – Kris and I are serious pickers (and I have the sore back and hamstrings to prove it today!) We eat our fair share in salads, and I make a breakfast smoothie nearly every morning, so these strawberries have already been slated for use!
Most were set aside in the freezer for smoothies and future salads, one flat was juiced in the juicer for sorbets and popsicles, 1.5 flats are currently being dehydrated (planning to make some trail mix or granola), and the rest are in the refrigerator waiting. I am for a small batch of preserves, as well as some fresh recipes that I have found online – Eunice’s Raw Strawberry Pie – Strawberry Black Pepper Tart for Two – Strawberry Citrus Salad – oh my my, the list goes on.
…just this morning, we whipped up some vegan pancakes and added the delicious strawberries and bananas to the top before dribbling some maple syrup (from last year’s Canada trip!) Perfect Sunday brunch material!
I wish you could all come over and share in the strawberry bounty – our kitchen smells so sweet!
(Kris and I have been on a real cooking/baking kick, so I hope you are ready for lots of fresh veg recipes and photos… they are coming!)