Sunday, July 5, 2015
Strawberry Picking in Summer
Although I always look forward to picking strawberries during our blink-and-you-miss-it strawberry season in Ontario, that doesn't mean that picking day is always idyllic. Far from it. Last year, while we had a nice time in the picturesque strawberry fields, I recall that there was some fighting among the children on the car ride home.
So this year, when brother and sister started beating each other up not two minutes from our house, the husband and I gave them a warning (which they promptly ignored) and then returned the kids home. Now that they are big enough to stay by themselves for short periods we chose to pick strawberries in peace. Mind you, they called me about 10 times on my cell phone until I told them, "emergencies only."
I missed the kids once we got to the fields, especially since they are actually good helpers and we found it rather hard picking all the strawberries ourselves. Ha ha. We went once again to Spring View Farms north of Toronto - they have chemical-free strawberries, which is a must in my book.
Despite warnings that we were a couple of weeks into the strawberry season, the strawberries were still plentiful. We were advised to look for still-shiny strawberries, not too dark in colour. Just in case, I sampled a few strawberries. Maybe more than a few...I may have crossed the line from tasting to eating...
There had been a couple of days of rain before we went - hence the rain boots! But the straw kept the paths pretty dry.
Whenever I'm in the country I find myself dreaming of buying our own little country home. The view from the strawberry farm down to this picture-perfect house makes it all the more tempting.
We came away with a bounty of 7 litres of strawberries. I froze most of them within the next couple of days, plus I made two jars of this quick and easy breadmaker strawberry jam. This tasty, fresh jam lasts in the fridge for three weeks so there's no need for freezing or canning. And it fills the house with the scent of cooking strawberries. Nothing better. Now to make fresh baked scones to spoon that jam on...
Have you been berry picking this year?