Sunday, April 17, 2011


Who doesn't love strawberries? We happen to have a family size crop of them this year. We planted them last summer and I buried the runners to create more plants and added compost in the spring. They survived the hard freezes this winter because we covered them in our "metal trough garden" so that the cover didn't touch any of the plants. They having been producing for the last month are so and keep getting sweeter. Almost every morning Clay starts the day by running outside to check on his strawberries. 

If you don't have your own strawberry patch, I suggest picking some up at the farmers' market or pick them yourself at Markley Farm

Then, once you have a basket full, try out a few of these recipes. Or, freeze them by setting them on a cookie sheet careful to make sure they don't touch. Then, put them in a freezer safe bag or container and enjoy them year round in smoothies like a Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie. You can also make simple syrup to use throughout the year. 

Strawberry Preserves with Balsamic and Black Pepper (I like to use Pomona's Pectin and local raw honey and plan to order some reusable Tattler lids)
Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Arugula and Strawberry Salad
Strawberry Soup

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