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.