Strawberry season is upon us.
Gorman Farms opened this past week. Details on their web site. TLV Tree Farm is bringing strawberries to the Howard County Farmers Markets in Oakland Mills, Miller Library, Maple Lawn and HoCo General Hospital.
Larriland has a notice up on the web site. Look for picking to start sometime next week. I will probably be there, as usual.
It doesn’t take long to fill a basket.
One basket is roughly ten pounds of berries. Two baskets make twenty pounds, where you get the price break. I come home and start processing. This is the easy part.
Just hull them. Clean them up a little. Flash freeze them and put them in small bags or containers in the freezer. Perfect to drop into lemonade or wine or a cocktail.
A little harder. Make puree and freeze it in ice cube trays.
Put one of these in a glass of wine. Chills it perfectly and makes your own wine cooler.
When we are ambitious, we make crisps and crumbles and pies and shortcake, but mostly we just enjoy the fresh berries.
*The quote from Ron Finley’s Guerrilla Gardener TED talk, a favorite of mine. “gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city, plus you get strawberries”
Sigh… what beautiful berries – Year 3, here, of finding the strawberry plant that likes my place and I can take care of – if the ones planted, cared for, mulched, composted, protected don’t peek their heads out next spring (I don’t care if they get surprised by spring blizzard…) I’m giving up and learning to love native rasberries/currants – – LOL – but what a beautiful strawberry harvest! 🙂