We were very fortunate to be able to go to a local farm last night and pick some beautiful berries. If you live in Southwest Virginia, you really should check out Dansby's Strawberry Farm in Rocky Mount, Virginia. They are a small, family-run farm and they are good folks. We had a chance to talk to the Dansby's last night and the word plasticulture is now firmly planted in my vocabulary.
I grew up in Norfolk, Virginia and I can remember going to the Pungo Strawberry Festival every year. I used to look forward to eating my fill of strawberries and strawberry shortcakes. And there always used to be a guy there that sold root beer. Really good root beer. Not sure if he's still there but he made good stuff!
Anyway, this post is for those of you who mentioned to me on facebook that you were going strawberry picking soon. I decided to make a quick post on how to pick good berries and how to store and freeze them for future use. All this great information came to me courtesy of Mrs. Dansby and the Virginia Department of Agriculture.
|~The best thing about strawberries?~|
They are darn good for you.
And the good news is many of your local farmers are going organic!
We always pick WAY more strawberries than we can possible consume right away. And sometimes I'm not always prepared to make preserves as soon as we've picked them. So freezing is very handy for berries. The process above is called flash freezing. Freezing your strawberries is not only a great way to enjoy your berries year round but they are great in smoothies as well as daquiris.
So go out there and pick some berries. Show your kids where their food comes from and support your local farmers. Ok, now I sound like a public service announcement, you get the point, right?
To find farms near you that allow you to pick your own fruits and veggies, go to PickYourOwn.org To print your own Strawberry tip chart, click HERE