Strawberry Picking

I have fond childhood memories of berry picking.  My dad’s side of the family would all get together and go to a local farm to pick strawberries.  I can remember hot, sunny days and eating more strawberries than I put in my basket.  I’m not sure how many years we did this — maybe only once — but it’s a memory that makes me smile.  I’m excited to develop annual traditions, like berry picking, with my own little family now.

In that spirit, J, Baby C and I headed to Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm late last week to pick strawberries.  It was a cloudy and gray day following a day of rain, so the field was a bit muddy.  We made out okay though with 3 quarts and 1 pint of tiny berries.  The best part is all those strawberries cost less than $6!

As strawberries are on the dirty dozen list of foods that are particularly contaminated by pesticides, I had hoped to find an organic berry farm, but they seem to be few and far between here in Western PA.  In a (likely vain) attempt to remove dirt and pesticide residue, I cleaned the berries in a baking dish filled with water and a few tablespoons of white vinegar.  I rinsed them with fresh water and then laid them on a towel to dry before hulling.  I froze most of the strawberries so we can enjoy them for months to come.  We have been eating the rest on yogurt and as a quick snack.  The tiny berries are the perfect size for Baby C to feed himself.

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