Is there anything better than Fresh Strawberries?

Thanks to the early warming of the weather this year, local strawberries are ready at my neighborhood food stand.  Besides the great feeling I get from “eating local”, I am lucky to have an organic CSA farm close by as well. If you’ve never tasted a local organic strawberry, there is nothing to compare. Sweet, juicy, ruby red and no sugar needed. They are great to eat out of hand, sliced in yogurt or on cereal. And just when you think they can’t taste any better, try dipping them in melted dark chocolate. If you know a better definition of heaven on earth, let me know.

There are many places that let you pick your own berries. This is a great way to get children outdoors. You save money when you pick your own, and each berry is perfect when you get to inspect as you pick.  When the picking is done, it may look like you have too many and don’t know what to do with them.  Here are some simple recipes that will make those berries disappear.

STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE: PLACE THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS IN A BLENDER: 1 c. plain organic yogurt, 1/4 c. orange juice, 1 banana, 1 c. fresh strawberries, stems removed. Blend until smooth. Serves 2.

You can also make Frozen Pops from the smoothie mix by pouring it into paper cups and inserting a popsicle stick in each. Freeze. Tear the paper cup away from the pop and eat.

Make an easy STRAWBERRY SAUCE for ice cream by putting 2C strawberries in a blender or food processor and pulsing until the consistency of syrup.  If you want it a bit sweeter, try a T of agave syrup or pure maple syrup. (NOT pancake syrup).

Our local organic farm is:  Check your own neighborhood for local strawberries and pick-your-own farms. Once you’ve tasted these gems, the drab, cardboard replicas sold in grocery stores will never match up.  Happy Eating!


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