Strawberries!

strawberryAs in, 25 pounds of ’em.

straw3I went strawberry picking with my friend Alison today, up at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT.  We both got a wee bit carried away; I picked about 25 lbs and she picked 20 lbs.  But Jones Farm is so fun that it’s easy to get carried away; between the Berry Ferry (the flatbed truck that trundles you out to the berry fields), the little kids thrilled to find the perfect berry, and the beautiful sunny day, it’s easy to want to stay all day.  And yet, the berries are so prolific that in just under 2 hours we had picked nearly 50 lbs of strawberries!  Jones Family Farms is family-owned and operated, practices sustainable farming, and also grow blueberries, pumpkins, Christmas trees, and grapes for their winery.  It’s definitely a fun time.

Clearly, berry preserving time is upon us!  Stay tuned for yummy strawberry recipes – in the meantime, Doris and Jilly have some great ideas here.  Excuse me while I wash and hull about half a million strawberries….

For strawberry recipes, see Rose’s Strawberry Puree and Strawberry Rhubarb Jam.

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5 comments

  1. localkitchen

    Believe me, plenty were eaten in the field today, and while slicing (one for the dehydrator, one for me, one for the dehydrator…). 🙂

  2. Kim

    Oh I’m so jealous! I’m hoping theres some strawberries left in the fields next weekend which is the only chance I’ll get to go out picking!!

  3. localkitchen

    Up here there will be – farms near New Paltz haven’t even started picking yet… down Philly way – not so sure. You may be out of luck. Maybe a combined climbing-berry-picking weekend?

  4. seekingvirtuosity

    LOL … I love your site, and I love that I’m not the only one that does huge quantities of fruit at a time!! 32# strawberries, 4 bushels (140#+) Peaches, etc. LOL … I love canning, and have such a feeling of satisfaction for knowing there’s others who can by the pounds, :).

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