Monday, June 29, 2009

98 Pounds of Strawberries!

I'm sure you know the story of the Ant and the Grasshopper - right? The Grasshopper spends his summer playing and living it up while the Ant hunts, gather and collects food for the long winter that is to come. The story does not end well for the Grasshopper (click here to refresh your memory of this Aesop's Fable)!

My role each summer is that of the Ant. I collect, gather, can, and freeze whatever I can get my hands on. There is nothing more satisfying that to open a frozen bag of raspberries in the middle of January and with one whiff, be transported back to the field they were picked from....ahhh, sweet summer.

Little T. and I just finished up with strawberry season in New England. Our goal was 100 pounds of strawberries. The grand total between our four trips to the berry patch equaled 98 pounds, but I'm pretty sure that we ate the other two pounds in the field during the process!

So what does one do with 98 pounds of stawberries? Mostly they are frozen to be used for smoothies which we enjoy daily year round. Part of them went to making Strawberry Jam and a very small part was eaten as Strawberry Shortcake during these weeks of picking. This years new dessert creation was
Strawberry Shortcake Surprise! If you give it a try (please credit this blog for the recipe), let me know what you think.

The freezer is 1/3 full with strawberries. Blueberry season will be starting...well, as soon as the sun comes out! It seems like it's rained every day for a month. The blueberry bushes at our local berry farm are just waiting for the sun to shine.

Enjoy the day -Wonderwoman