Saturday, May 22, 2010

Strawberry Fields Forever

A few weeks ago Mr. H and I went strawberry pickin'! Every year for the last few years we have gone to Marble Falls to Sweet Berry Farm. In the fall we pick pumpkins and gourds (here and here) and in the springtime we pick red, ripe, juicy strawberries!

Memoria of Mangio da Sola just posted a beautiful blackberry cobbler on her blog. Go check out Memoria's blackberries! She hand picked her berries at the same farm with her mother this past weekend and it reminded me of all the photos I took of the strawberry fields so I wanted to share with you.

Mr. H and I each picked our own strawberries and quickly filled up two crates--in fact they were overflowing with ruby goodness! There's nothing better than plucking a ripe strawberry off the vine that is sun kissed and all warm and juicy inside. It's heavenly! If you've never done that then put it on your bucket list. You'll be glad you did.

At this particular farm they also have a small petting area with goats, donkeys and horses. It's a great place for field trips and photo ops. My favorite time to go is during the fall because it's cooler and they also have scarecrow stuffing, hay rides and mazes. Luckily all year round they have homemade ice cream in berry, strawberry and pumpkin flavors. yum!

If you ever get the opportunity to pick your own berries, I highly recommend you do. Then go bake something spectacular with them like this strawberry shortcake or blackberry cobbler. But be sure to savor a few all by themselves...or maybe with a little whipped cream.

Ah! Luscious strawberries how I heart thee!

15 comments:

oneordinaryday said...

Oh, I can't wait to go pick my own strawberries! I was so happy they had some Maryland berries at the farmers market, but there's nothing like picking your own.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

OK,now you have my mouth watering,and I am so wanting a fresh juicy strawberry. Yummy.
Blessings,Ruth

Ingrid said...

There's a strawberry farm near our house but I still haven't taken the kids...bad mama, but I will, I will if only to have an excuse to make all those yummy strawberry desserts I've seen recently.
~ingrid

Memória said...

Your photos are fantastic!! It was so bright and hot when I went that I could barely see my preview screen on my camera. We were very hot and ready to go when I had decided to pull out my camera, too. I love your photos; it doesn't like it was nearly as hot as it was when I went.

I'm so jealous of your strawberries!!! You had to rub it in that you got a bunch of them, didn't you? LOL!! Thanks for linking back to me, too, chica!

Maranda said...

OMG! Strawberries are my most favorite flavor in the whole world! Yum!! I've never had the pleasure of picking my own but I definitely will have to some day. Thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

What beautiful berries! I remember when I was a teenager, my mom would wake me up at 6 in the morning to go strawberry picking with her. To which I replied "won't they be there later?" hehe :) And they always made me itch! But I was awfully glad to have them later!

Heather said...

What beautiful pictures! I have been meaning to go check out Sweet Berry Farms for their pumpkins every year but haven't made it! And I must strawberry picking to the list. I wonder if it is too late in the year to go pick some?

tasteofbeirut said...

I went strawberry picking once and despite the back breaking experience enjoyed all the jam I made once I got home; what a world of difference in flavor !

girlichef said...

Oh, they're so pretty :D The kiddos and I are heading out to do this very soon...let's see if any of them actually make it home (the strawberries, not the kids)! LOL.

Keeley said...

Thanks for sharing the berry picking story. I grew up in South Jersey and I have fond memories of picking berries with my mom and aunts when I was little. Those were the good old days. I ate more than I picked!

Katie said...

They look delicious. I love strawberry picking, its so much fun and the smell that wafts up is great. Strawbs arn't ready here yet, but can't wait until they are!

cybil said...

I love strawberries!! Especially just pure - without anything added - or as a nice cake.
Have a nice Pentexost Monday,
greetings from Geneva/Switzerland
Sibylle

Colleen said...

I just love the bee photo!

You are a woman of many talents!

Anna said...

Hi Monica! Long time no post...thanks for checking in on me on my blog; I've been waylaid this spring with a bad illness, but I'm slowly coming back to life and hope to start blogging again soon.

I also wanted to comment how jealous I am of your gorgeous hand-picked strawberries! June is our strawberry season so it's still a few weeks until we can indulge. I can't wait! Local strawberries with a little whipped cream are the best, you don't need anything else. :)

bella said...

Monica, I SO loved this little trip to the strawberry patch with you and hubby! Great, actually superb photos! I'm with you . . . just love those fresh strawberries. The season is only about 2 or 3 days left here due to the early heat. How 'bout you guys? I really like your new blog header too! So fresh and crisp! Love, Roz

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