July 10, 2009
This morning we left the house before 10 am and didn't get home till 3:30 pm and I hadn't technically packed lunch before we left. Thank goodness I thought to grab that half loaf of bread from the freezer before we left.
We didn't spend all that time picking, but most of it. Since we were close to our csa farm we stopped there on our way home, played & chatted with friends and picked up our bags bursting with carrots, Chinese cabbage, beet greens, lettuce, parsley, peas and Swiss chard. That's a lot of farm goodness in one day.
My goal was to pick 50 lbs of strawberries this morning. Last year I spread out the picking over 2 weeks or so. But this year's rain, rain and more rain hasn't allowed that slow and steady pace. Today was the day to pick. Well... I do have to go back early next week since I left something (non-important) there. Any excuse to pick more berries, if there's any left. After hours of back aching labor we managed to pick 40 lbs, filling all our buckets and calling it good. The kids helped for an hour or so then I let them loose to run amok around the field, forest and stream.
The berries aren't organic unfortunately, but they aren't sprayed with pesticides either. That's a compromise I'm willing to make, after all I don't have much choice this year since the organic farms are smaller and didn't have good enough crops for large pickings.
So what do I do with all these berries? I freeze them.
I am not a jam maker for a couple reasons:
We may not eat a lot of jam but boy oh boy do we love our berries - talk about delicious and nutritious - so instead of the usual canning we freeze ours to make smoothies and strawberry sauces throughout the fall & winter. If I pick enough they'll last till early spring.
I've had people ask me how I do this so I thought you might like to know. I learned this from my mom.
This is Damien's recipe. He's the smoothie maker around here. We eat/drink/slurp these throughout the year as dessert or sometimes breakfast. Everyone we serve them to loves them.
Place all ingredients in blender and blend till smooth.
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