Yesterday I bit into my first hand-picked strawberry and I practically had to stop myself from drooling as I quickly washed more berries off; they are so sweet and delicious that I wanted to enjoy them as fast as possible. If you’ve ever tried fresh produce then you probably know what I’m talking about. There’s something pure and simple that makes them have so much more flavor than anything you can buy at the store.
It turns out that Lane Southern Orchards, the same company that produces Georgia peaches in the summer, also grows strawberries in the spring and has a pick-your-own strawberry patch. A few weeks ago, there was a Groupon to get 10 pounds worth of strawberries for the price of five pounds. Unfortunately, I didn’t jump on that deal since I knew we’d be going out of town and moving soon, and didn’t want to bite off more than I could chew. But my friend Natalie took advantage of the deal and called to see if I wanted to go pick berries with her. Armed with my camera, I happily obliged.
The strawberry patch was much larger than I expected, filled with rows and rows of strawberries. Before entering the field, they hand you a bucket that will hold roughly five pounds of berries, then they set you free to get your pick on.
We weren’t the only ones there picking fruit—the place was packed! Local schools take field trips and get to take strawberries home with them. I wish I went on a berry-picking field trip when I was their age!
While Natalie and I picked our berries, her son sat amongst the patch and chewed a piece of straw. I’m not kidding when I say my husband and I may “borrow” him for an extended period of time. I can’t get over how cute he is.
But before long, he realized that the little red things next to him were actually edible.
Don’t you worry. His mom came to his rescue and cleaned off the strawberry before he devoured it.
Did you know that when you pick a strawberry from its stem it makes a “pop” sound? I loved hearing it, because it reminded me just how fresh the berries were.
So what do you do with pounds of fresh strawberries? Well, you make something delicious, of course! When I get back from my trip I’m going to make strawberry ice cream and a couple other things, but yesterday I made a Strawberry Pineapple Crumble that is just absolutely scrumptious. What’s your favorite way to eat strawberries?
I love that something this fun and exciting is just down the road for me, and I’m happy I took advantage of picking berries while they’re in season.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need another strawberry…or five. They’re seriously addicting!