Right at the end of the strawberry picking season, we managed to hand pick some strawberries! 18 pounds to be precise! :) and after collecting them, making a strawberry fluff, a strawberry cake, some strawberry syrup, smoothies every morning for breakfast and some strawberry jam, I can safely say now that we are all strawberried-out. :)
We couldn’t help it though. They are so savory and delicious, and SO different from the ones that you find in the supermarkets that if you ever get the chance to pick fruits (any fruit) from local farms, DO IT! you will notice a big difference in the way they taste, smell and sometimes even in color and consistency.
Back home in Romania, farmers’ markets are easily within reach and the prices for the veggies and fruits are lower than for the ones in the supermarkets so we are used to eating fresh seasonal produce all the time. And it tastes so good! In the States however, the produce that lies on the racks of most supermarkets is at best, to me, tasteless. It tastes good if you haven’t tried the real stuff but if you did, it is very hard to like them. And this was one hard adjustment for me.
So, when we find out about this farm, we took the chance and grabbed it. With pics to prove it: here are some photos from our strawberry-picking adventure with some tips on how to do it that will hopefully entice you to go pick some next time you get the chance.
By the way, wild strawberries are good too, so you shouldn’t stay away from them next time you go hicking/walking in the woods. Or any other type of berry for that matter. A good article on where and how to find them in North America, here.
The farm in VA were we picked them. You can find directions and more about this farm here!
Did you guys do any fruit-picking or intend to this summer and fall? I certainly hope so.