Posts Tagged ‘strawberries’

If you recall I picked some strawberries and I promised to do many things with them.  Well I have made good on my promise.  As you can see this is homemade strawberry jam.  I made a classic version and a Thai Spiced Strawberry Jam.



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Did you know that I love eating fruit in salads? Well I love fruity salads.  After picking copious amounts of strawberries, putting them in a salad was an obvious choice. (more…)

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Strawberry Season

“What will you do with 31 pounds of strawberries,” my father asked as we spoke on the phone last weekend.  I said I would eat some and freeze some and make jam and pies.  So far I am 3 of 4 and about to make pie tomorrow.  You might be wondering how someone that lives in the middle of Chicago gathered over 31 pounds of strawberries, well I can fill you in on that…..

Earlier this year, a friend and I agreed to grow some plants and to pick some fruit for the purposes of canning.

The mother of my friend told us that she had eaten the best strawberries of her life in Madison, WI from Berry Hill Farm.  Now this women knows her fruits and veggies and stocking them away for the long winter months.  So when we were headed to Madison for Father’s Day weekend, I knew we needed to make time for strawberry picking.

We arrived at the pretty small farm located just a few miles out of town that had a subdivision growing next to it.  The perfectly groomed rows were full of freshly ripe fruit and a number of families busy at work.

My husband and I went to work on our separate rows.  Sometimes the strawberries were peaking out of the green rows but often you had to  gently pull back the leaves of plants to reveal bright red plush fruits.

After about a half hour, we decided to weigh the fruit we picked and I had to go to the bathroom.  To my amazement we had already picked 12 pounds of berries and also to my astonishment I was directed to us the farm house bathroom.  This place gets an extra thumbs up for its hospitality.

So here is about 12 pounds of fresh berries:

After another hour, we had picked about 20 pounds more and we were content with our harvest.  The best part was that we were only charged $55 for all those berries which is way less than the grocery store or farmers market.

So far besides eating handfuls of fresh berries whenever I want, I have made Strawberry Chicken Salad, Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Vinegar, and tomorrow I will make strawberry pie.  I have also frozen a bunch so that I can enjoy them in the middle of the winter.  My friend is infusing some vodka with her strawberries and I might make some sorbet!!  So many strawberries, so little time but so so many options!

In conclusion, this berry picking adventure was fun, economical, and delicious.  If you are looking for a place to pick your own fruits or veggies, check out: http://www.pickyourown.org/  and I would highly recommend checking out how much it costs per pound for what you are picking and plan ahead for when the fruit or veggie is in season.

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