Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Sweet Smell of Summer Strawberries

There is nothing better than driving through a field, on a warm summer day and smelling acres of sweet ripening strawberries wafting through the open windows.

We went to Blakes last week for their opening day of strawberry season.

The strawberries were so abundant this year, that it only took about 20 minutes to pick all these berries.

Someone once told me that you pick strawberries at the 4th of July, and I've lived by that rule. But every year around the 4th, it seems like the berries are all picked over. This year I visited Blakes website in early June instead of July to see when strawberry season actually starts. It started on the 8th of this week and the berries were beautiful!

Visit Blakes website on the "Fun Stuff and Good Reads Page" to see what's in season. Sweet cherry season is coming up next. We checked out the Cherry trees as we were leaving and the berries have about another week before they're ripe.


Anonymous said...

The berries look great! Tell us, do you make your own jellies and jams with the berries?

Zach and Jennifer Sartell said...

We do. I find it's the best way to put to use all those berries. Once you start picking it's hard to stop. We've been canning the past two nights and made 18 jars of strawberry jam. I took photos for the blog but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post recipes, is that copyright infringement? I dunno? We use the recipe on the pectin box. Hobby Farm Home July/August 2010 issue had some great recipes I'd like to try where you incorporate herbal infusions in the jams and jellies.
I should be posting our canning adventure in the next week or so. I'll try to take the blog through each of the berry seasons.

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