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Two years running. Opening day at Larriland.

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Lots of cars. Lots of people. My husband and I got there at 1030, after the initial rush when they open at 9 AM. Same prices as last year.

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We picked 24 pounds. Yep, 24 pounds. This is what they looked like when we got home.

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We did whole berries. Pureed some. Sliced berries. Left some in the fridge for desserts. Put some away to give the neighbors. Oh, and made strawberry daiquiris to celebrate the season.

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Picking took us about an hour. Processing took me about two hours, and in my spare time I made my rhubarb BBQ sauce also. It was a fruit processing day here.

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That lovely puree. Will become smoothies and strawberry yogurt Popsicles. I need to hit Breezy Willow tomorrow for more yogurt to make the pops. The ones in the freezer, pictured above, will get put away for later this summer. They make a mean sangria when dropped in dry rose wine.

Love the fact that Larriland is open again. Looking forward to blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches and who knows what else. The freezer needs filling.

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About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

4 responses »

  1. Looks absolutely wonderful to me. My kids are now old enough that bringing them along won’t result in lots of unripe berries! It’s great that you’ve put up a variety of types, so you’re good to go for nearly any strawberry option.
    My favorite is the daiquiri!
    Thanks!

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  2. duane st.clair

    I will be out this this coming week for the strawberries but really look forward to the blueberries later this month. We just ran out of the frozen blueberries from last year’s picking. A whole month without the Larriland blueberries! We will have to pick more this year. Interesting that the Gorman Farm strawberries are done for the season just as the ones at Larriland start.

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    • There is a big difference in average temps out here. We are 200 ft higher in elevation than when we lived in Columbia.

      We had snow here when Columbia didn’t and all our plants are one to two weeks behind in flowering.

      Many days our temps were 3-5 degrees cooler. Plus, I really think the lack of large asphalt surfaces compared to the cities, keeps it generally cooler.

      We will be doing blueberries, blackberries and peaches out there this summer.

      I used my last container of blackberries this week.

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  3. Impressive! They look sooooo luscious! Headed to Oakland Mills market Sunday hoping to snag more berries from TLV. I missed scapes & berries @ BW farm store today, had a bday party at the Robinson Nature Center. Maybe BW will have berries & scapes Wednesday!

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