Thursday, July 2, 2009
If you haven't picked your own strawberries yet, a sunny Sunday morning with a cool breeze wafting the sweet smell through the patch is calling your name.
No excuses. Go now. And take the kids.
We found the picking easy, and the berries bodacious, at Barthel Fruit Farm in Mequon on Saturday morning. The patch was jammed, and it was an international crowd with Russian, Hmong, Spanish and French conversations overheard. Many pickers were multi-generation families.
Several pickers stooping over the vines -- their fingers red from the berry juice -- already were making plans for their haul: strawberry-rhubarb pie, strawberry sundaes, strawberry shakes, chocolate-covered strawberries, and strawberry freezer jam to spread the seaon on toast. (If you don't have a quick and easy recipe for freezer jam, here's a reliable one.)
We won't waste any more of your time telling you about it. You have some picking to do! Check out our interactive map of pick-your-own farms if you don't already have a favorite, or want to know the picking hours of your favorite place.
Feel free to post a comment here when you come back. Tell us your plans for the berries you pick.
I went strawberry picking too :)