The strawberries are turning red and plumping up nicely. Just the name of the berry is enough to make many of us smile. You’re doing it right now, aren’t you? Well, hopefully!
Our strawberries are completely organic, we don’t put anything on them but sunshine and water. With all the rain expected in we might need to put a light, organic mix of fungicide on the outer leaves to keep down the fungus. Fortunately, this doesn’t harm the plant, the land, or the people or animals eating the fruit. Did you know birds love to eat strawberries? We use our scarecrows, pinwheels to keep the strawberries safe.
But you’re still thinking of strawberry pie, strawberry preserves, strawberry milk shakes, and of course strawberry shortcake, right? Yep, me too. While all of these are good, some of us at the farm are left wondering, “how can we incorporate strawberries into every meal?” Here are some ideas with links to awesome recipes:
an easier Balsamic Berry Quinoa Salad
Strawberry BBQ Chicken Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Bacon, Avocado and Goat Cheese
We also like to add strawberries:
to oatmeal, cereal, pancakes, and waffles,
to our farm fresh salads (I love them with spinach, thinly sliced radishes, and fresh dill),
and blended into smoothies!
Remember strawberries are on the top 10 list for pesticide/herbicide holding produce- Eat organic strawberries for your health and for better earth stewardship and don’t throw away the greens, please! The greens are more nutritious than the fruit so eat the greens or blend them in your smoothies for maximum nutrition.