The fresh-picked strawberry: laughingly sweet, filled with an indescribable nectar already implied by its sexy red gown. Strawberries are damn sexy. Their beauty is tantalizing and their taste addictive. In fact, so ravishing that they are best enjoyed with grace and simplicity.
In June, strawberries abound!
Pick-your-own: If you have time, the most enjoyable way to shop for strawberries is to find a “pick-your-own” farm, where you can reap your own harvest (not to mention the ones that accidentally disappear down your gullet!). Bring friends! Buy jars ahead of time and plan to make jam. Pickyourown.org is an excellent resource for finding a farm near you, and easy recipes for making jam, jelly, and more!
Farmers market: The most surefire place to find your fruit. Visit the following sites to find your local market:
Supermarket: Keep an eye out in the produce department for “local” signs next to the strawberries. Be sure they tell you the farm name and location: this helps add credibility. If you don’t see them, take a few minutes to ask the produce department manager or customer service to try and source them! They’ll be happy to fill a customer’s demand. Suggest some farm names if you know them!
Organic vs. conventional: Spring for organic. Strawberries grown on a large-scale require lots of pesticides to keep out insects, keep mold at bay (they grow close to the ground), and control weeds. If you can’t find organic, be sure to give them a thorough rinse!Print
Strawberries for Breakfast
- Strawberries – 1 cup fresh strawberries, halved
- Yogurt – 1/2 cup locally produced plain yogurt, from grass-fed and pasture-raised cows
- Walnuts – 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, broken into pieces
- Honey – 1 tablespoon
- Assemble the yogurt, strawberries and walnuts in a bowl. Drizzle with honey!