Thursday, July 7, 2011

Strawberry Season!

Last week I loaded up the car with my cardboard flats, changed into work clothes, and headed up to Bauer Berry Farm with a good friend. We are in the middle of strawberry season here in MN, and I wanted to pick some berries for jam, ice cream topping, pie, and smoothies. YUM!

Time flew by as we conversed about whatever came to mind. Soon our buckets and flats were full, and it was time to head home and get started on processing the berries. Now, processing the berries is one of the most dreaded and also most rewarding times for me. It seems daunting to look at 25lbs of strawberries and know you must do the work before they go bad. However, it's also the time of year I feel most like Laura Ingalls Wilder. :) And that's fun.

Here are a few pictures from my strawberry season this year!

This is one of 4 flats I picked this year.

Here I am cutting the tops off of the strawberries.

I'm pretty sure this picture would be a difficult puzzle to put together.

14 jars of strawberry topping...

And a pie. I couldn't seem to get a decent picture of the pie. Nothing I could take could capture how good it tasted!

We ended up eating this pie with our families in a lakeside park on July 4th. So classic! It was perfect!

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