Saturday, June 20, 2009

Berry Picking: Strawberry Edition

I'm not sure why, but all things berry, summer, produce, flower, and farmers market-related make me inexplicably happy. Like a giddy, elated, smile-plastered-on-my-face kind of happy. Living in Oregon, where berries are abundant, I feel especially lucky to have local, freshly picked berries available at all times during the summer.

Berry Picking: Strawberry Edition

Berry Picking: Strawberry Edition

There's something extra special about picking my own berries. 2 summers ago, we picked 20 pounds of blueberries, and last summer, cherries. This time around, I'm on a mission to explore a variety of local farms and pick my way through the strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry phases of summer.

Berry Picking: Strawberry Edition

We started today at Thistledown Farms (contact info here). In addition to having "u-pick" strawberries for $1.50/pound, they have an extensive farm stand with all kinds of fresh produce, baked goods, and garden accessories. Also on their grounds is a large nursery with every kind of plant and decorative hanging basket imaginable, and a covered bridge over a ravine where their chickens, goats, and ponies hang out. It's my very own fantasy land!

Picking strawberries isn't nearly as fun or glamorous as picking most other berries, given the low-to-the-ground factor. I'm still glad we went, and I loved toting my camera around as we explored the farm.

Berry Picking: Strawberry Edition

Berry Picking: Strawberry Edition

Lil' ladybug:
Berry Picking: Strawberry Edition

Strawberry fields forever (sorry, I couldn't resist):
Berry Picking: Strawberry Edition

I loved these little white flowers growing in the berry patch:
Berry Picking: Strawberry Edition

My favorite shot (look closely to see flying strawberries):
Berry Picking: Strawberry Edition

Signs of a successful berry-picking mission:
Berry Picking: Strawberry Edition

Berry Picking: Strawberry Edition

Blueberries on deck:
Berry Picking: Strawberry Edition

I just bought a strawberry huller, so after I figure out how it works (doesn't look like brain surgery), my grand plans for our harvest are: freeze half, keep a quarter for snacking, and use a quarter for baking. I also bought a few stalks of rhubarb, so I'm excited to see what materializes! Suggestions are always welcome.

4 comments:

toxobread said...

Those mounds and mounds of strawberries look absolutely delicious! Maybe you can use some to make jam in addition to the freezing, snacking and baking?
- Jackie

Amy I. said...

Hi Jackie, thanks for the suggestion! Sadly, we're still working on the jars and jars of jam I've made the past 2 summers. I can't even give it away fast enough! Plus, believe it or not, they berries are gone (or frozen) already 24 hours later :) Thanks for stopping by!

alexieb said...

make strawberry bruschetta! or lay the strawberries out on a cookie sheet and freeze, then each one will be individually frozen and use as needed! I just visited family in Portland and picked a bunch of Hoods. SO DELICIOUS!

oneordinaryday said...

Ooh! You should try the strawberry pizza I posted last week. We can't get enough of it around here!

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