Strawberries, Strawberries, Strawberries . . .

| June 27, 2007 | 3 Comments

Sunday afternoon was a blast. My good friend Virtual Frolic, Will and I went to Jones Family Farms in Shelton, Conn., to pick strawberries. It was the perfect day for it — not too hot, a nice breeze and a good amount of sun.

As a little girl, I used to go strawberry picking with my grandmother every year. It was among my favorite activities. I remember teeming with anticipation, waiting for the little sign to appear and point the way toward the pick-your-own farm near where we lived. Then, I would start asking when we would go. Incessantly. When we finally went, I would eat as many strawberries as I picked and ultimately leave covered from head to toe in red strawberry stains. One year in particular, there was intolerable heat under the bright sun . . . but that didn’t stop me. And when we’d get home, the first thing on my mind was eating more berries.

As I expected, Will was no different. Once he figured out that the squat bushes held delightful bundles of his beloved “behr-hes,” he was sold. Of course, he did have a bit of penchant for picking (and eating) unripe berries — think G-R-E-E-N. But that’s okay. He enjoyed himself.

I daresay this will be an annual tradition for us, as it was for my grandmother and I.

Fortunately, Will eats his berries plain. Me, on the other hand? For years and years I would dip the berries in powdered sugar when consuming. In fact, I still do once in awhile when I want a taste of childhood.

Special thanks to VF for the great pictures – of course I left my camera in the car! Isn’t that always the way? And a double thanks for carrying my gigundo box of strawberries all the way so I could carry Will.

Now, what to do with the pounds and pounds of strawberries we brought home? I have many, many plans – eating, storing, cooking . . . This week I will be sharing several of the techniques I have used on these beautiful, sweet, little berries.
How to Freeze Strawberries
1. Wash and hull strawberries.

2. Place in a flat layer on a baking sheet or in a freezer safe container.

3. Place in the freezer and let sit until frozen.
4. Transfer to freezer bag.

Category: A Little Help, Fruit, Mama's baby

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Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Virtual Frolic says:

    Hey there! I had so much fun strawberry picking! I have to say – anything you make with strawberries you’ve picked yourself taste so much better! Will is too adorable!

  2. Patti says:

    Yummy. I love strawberries too.
    Virtual Frolic did a great job with the photos…

    P.S. blueberries are next!

  3. Deborah Dowd says:

    We still take our kids berry picking and they are 12 and 18, but I remember the sweet, hot days with little kids toodling through the rows stepping on or eating as many as they picked… what a precious memory!

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