As I haven't done a What I Ate Wednesday post for a few weeks, I have some catching up to do. We made our annual visit to the strawberry farm recently. Each year we go to Spring View Farms in Uxbridge. It's a small farm with chemical-free strawberries (so I feel okay about eating them right in the strawberry patch!). The picking season lasts not much more than a week, so we have to hustle to get to Spring View before the strawberries are gone.
Every single time we go to the strawberry patch, I start googling rural properties for sale when we get home. So far I have resisted the urge to pick up and move, largely because we have so much stuff. Last time we moved, the giant truck was filled to overflowing. Like, literally, stuff fell out the doors when they opened them! Before I ever move again, I am purging, purging, purging!
Looks like my tendency to photograph anything and everything has carried over to the next generation. I gave my little girl my old Olympus camera when she expressed an interest in photography. The Olympus works well outdoors. It was just never good at focusing in low light (ie. indoors).
She took this photo of me in my Kiss Me I'm A Vegetarian shirt. Whenever you see me wearing a shirt with writing on it, you know my sister gave it to me. She is much more outgoing than I. I figured I was safe from random kisses in the strawberry patch though, haha.
It never occurred to me that people might smoke in the berry patch. But the sign has us covered anyway. As for the second part of the sign, I think I "tasted" more than a few berries. Oops.
Many hands make light work. It was steamy hot in the strawberry patch that day. I immediately felt my feet burning. So, yeah, I took a lot of photos while the family did the majority of the strawberry picking.
We always buy a good pile of strawberries. Then I get home and realize that I need to wash and use up all those strawberries before they rot. So I start with jam - usually two jars of easy, quick Breadmaker Strawberry Jam.
Then I always do a pan of these buttery, delish vegan strawberry muffins.
Finally, I make strawberry sorbet in the ice cream maker. It's basically like the jam but frozen. It's a natural, healthy, homemade treat. I freeze most of the rest of the strawberries for smoothies.
Then, when all of the strawberries are gone, I miss them. Because we're back to the store-bought variety that have usually travelled many miles from California. And they are much larger and have less taste. But they're still a yummy treat. Summer is synonymous with platters of fruit, no? I love when we have lots of fresh fruit in the house. I'll put together plates of fruit, like this combo of cherries, grapes, blueberries, kiwi, raspberries and strawberries. When the fruit is all washed and ready, you can be sure the family will dig in. This platter was cleared pretty darn quickly!
Now for a day of vegan eats. Breakfast is this bland coloured but tasty assortment of scrambled tofu with mushrooms, hashbrowns and homemade vegan oatmeal jam muffins.
For lunch, we have this vegan bowl of quinoa topped with a mix of tofu cubes, broccoli and mushrooms fried in olive oil and tamari. Plus grated carrots and fresh, sliced avocado. And a yummy peanut sauce. Easy and delicious. I want to make more simple dishes like this over the summer.
For dinner, we had burrito bowls. These packaged taco shells aren't healthy, but they are convenient and it's kind of fun to pile in all of your favourite fillings - in this case refried beans, tofu, onions, veggies, guacamole and tomatoes. We had mashed sweet potato and french fries on the side.
Have you been to the strawberry farm recently? What's your favourite recipe to make with strawberries.
Linking up to What I Ate Wednesday, this week held at Sprint2TheTable.