In my mind, once the calendar ticks over to June, it’s summer. And what is the best part about summer?
My favorite local farm opened their pick-your-own strawberry patches last weekend. My mom and I decided to take advantage of the mid-week lull and played hookie from work to go pick strawberries yesterday.
Picking strawberries, while it yields a delicious heap of berries, is just a cathartic activity for me. Very peaceful but very fulfilling. There’s just something about picking the food you’re about to eat, ya know? The only better thing would be growing and then picking your food.
It was nice and empty – just a few other people in the fields – and just as we got there the clouds came out to cool the temps just a bit and get the scorching sun off of our backs.
The fields were just bursting with perfect red fruit. I never eat the fruits in the field, but this time they were just too tempting. And boy were they good! I may or may not have had a dozen or so berries… they were just so perfect!
We may have gotten a bit carried away.
These berries are so amazingly sweet – they really don’t need anything to go with them (unlike those anemic grocery store strawberries). But one of my favorite treats is whipping up some cream cheese frosting (8 oz cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, 1-2 tsp vanilla extract) and dipping the berries in it – absolute summer dessert perfection. Also wonderful is using that cream as a base in a strawberry tart (basic tart crust, the cream, strawberries nicely stacked inside the crust, and a strawberry glaze on top).
Really – where else can you find strawberries that deep red throughout?? Certainly not your grocery store. Mmm…