Strawberry Fields Forever

8 04 2010

It is strawberry season! Strawberries, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

Yesterday, mom, pop and I went to pick strawberries in Gainesville, Florida.  Prepared to die of heat exhaustion, we were pleasantly surprised by an excellent easterly breeze that kept us cool while picking the red, ripe, strawberries.

If you go to pick strawberries this season, the most ripe pieces actually glisten in the sun and are a deep maroon or blood red in color.  These pieces were also selected for jams, as the ripe ones need less sugar.  There is something so satisfying about selecting your food from the ground, as opposed to off of the grocery shelf.  All in all, we picked six buckets full of strawberries. 

Did you know that strawberries received their name from the straw that was placed around the plants to reduce the number of weeds growing up around the plant? Instead of straw, the farm we visited used a gardening tarp to prevent weeds from growing.  It is just so fascinating. 

Currently, most of the strawberries in the south come out of central Florida, specifically, Plant City.  With more cold weather than the state has seen in years, many of the crops didn’t make it, but we for the plants that survived the cold, we are ever so grateful. 

p.s. – One of my favorite childhood books was The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. Still have a copy.  It is the perfect gift for any child and great if you also take your children to pick strawberries.




6 responses

12 04 2010
Powell’s Dairy Freeze « Sweet Iced Tea

[…] Dana grew up in Starke and for years I have heard nothing but good things.  Last week on our strawberry picking adventure we decided to swing through Starke and stop at Powell’s.  It was so much […]

12 04 2010
Suwannee Refugee

Farmers in Plant City have been plowing their strawberry field under because it is cheaper to plow them under than to let people come out and pick them. Its a shame so many berries have to go to waste, but its hard to blame the farmers either.

12 04 2010

I know…I heard that and it makes me sad. The poor farmers. I cannot even imagine the financial burden.

22 04 2010
Strawberry Jam « Sweet Iced Tea

[…] a result of our strawberry picking adventure two weeks ago, we made delicious strawberry jam.  The recipe is so simple. All you will want to do […]

21 08 2010
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[…] a local farm and pick your own berries. I hear cobbler […]

27 08 2010
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[…] green peas.  Truthfully, you could add whatever you have available.  For next time, I am thinking red, ripe, strawberries, and in the winter, you can add brussel sprouts.  […]

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