Strawberry season is in! The fields are full of red, juicy strawberries, the sun is shining, and the parking lot is full at Adams Acres. It’s something about picking fresh strawberries, the laughter of the children as they run up and down the rows, sampling as the go ☺, that just makes them so much better!! So far we have made two trips, made plenty of strawberry bread and right now the scrumptious smell of strawberry pound cake is filling my house!! Yum!!!
For me, strawberry picking has been something I look forward to every May. My Papa started taking me when I was little. I remember him grabbing 2, 3, or even sometime 4 buckets and we would walk out to the fields. I usually had one bucket and he could fill the rest before I finished mine! Of course, I was the one running from plant to plant while he would drop down to his knees in one spot and slowly make his way down a row. Back then I didn’t understand why he sat down, but you best believe I do now, lol!! If you don’t your back surely will pay for it! So if you haven’t been picking before and decide to give it a try…wear long pants to easily wipe your legs off or grab an extra bucket – one for sitting and one for picking 😉
Some people say why pick them when the store sells them everyday…here’s my “shop local” rant. Support your local farmers and small businesses! When you shop local you are investing in your community and keeping you hard earned money in your community to encourage growth! Why allow a big box store to ship your money out of state! There is nothing like taking your child out into a field and allowing them to learn! With our local produce farmers and our own garden, my son can see his veggies and fruits grow, pick them and bring them to the dinner table to enjoy!! I LOVE seeing my children learn first hand!!
If you are in the area, stop by Adams Acres! You can pick you own strawberries now & blueberries in the summer months! And yes, you can also walk right up and buy already picked flats too, plus all other kinds of yummy produce…butter beans, sweet corn, melons, squash, sweet potatoes, cabbage & more!! Eat fresh, eat locally grown!!
Here are a few images from our visit yesterday! It’s always so much fun!! You know how it works…Mommie & Daddy do the picking while Hunter runs the rows to sample and find the good spots!! ☺ Also I’m including my hubby’s favorite strawberry recipe!!
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cups oil
2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
1 cup pecans chopped (optional)
Combine first 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of mixture. Combine remaining ingredients and add to dry ingredients, stirring until well combined. Spoon mixture into 2 greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Cool loaves in pans about 10 minutes; remove to wire rack and cool completely.
Yields: 2 loaves. Freezes well.
Frosting recipe (if desired):
1/2 box confectioners sugar
4oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 stick butter, softened
Chopped nuts (optional)
Mix together and frost cooled bread.