Thursday, May 19, 2011

Strawberry Season


Oh Goodness...
is there anything 
better than a ripe strawberry
picked fresh from the garden?!


It's
Strawberry 
Season
here on the farm.

Vintage Ironstone Bowl

Last year I planted nearly
75 
strawberry plants.
They multiplied.
I have no idea how many plants 
I have now but 
it's a sure thing that we'll
be eating lots of 
Strawberry Shortcake
and other
strawberry goodies
this season.

The freezer will be stocked
and there will be more
jam in the pantry!


While I picked...
my helpers were waiting
outside the garden fence.

Lizzy

Chelsea

Shep


This was one days picking.


The strawberries in the vintage ironstone bowl
in the top photos...
were picked the day after these.

And the season is JUST beginning!

I think I need to find more 
strawberry recipes
SO
if you have any favorites
please let me know...
I'd love to try them!


I never picked today
as it was chilly and windy
so tomorrow I will be back at it.

And hopefully I'll be back 
at painting the house too!

I'm linking up with 
Amy 
over at 
VERDE FARM
for 

and
BRAMBLEBERRY COTTAGE
for 


Deborah Jean
for 
http://www.deborahjeansdandelionhouse.com/>Farm Girl Friday




So grab a cup of coffee or a glass of
wine and pop on over and say
HI
to the girls and enjoy 
the other bloggers
taking part.


I hope you have a WONDERFUL day!

Maura 
:)

31 comments:

Red Gate Farm said...

Oh my, I agree. There is NOTHING like fresh strawberries! I've been making strawberry jam for years now and I think I eat my weight in berries while I'm in my jam making mode!

With our wet, cool spring I'm not sure how the strawberry crops are doing here in our little corner of Washington. We actually dug up our own strawberries to replant this year... I'm kind of happy because we're moving the strawberry patch out of the veggie garden and getting a better variety of strawberries to plant. My husband bought the last ones and they were an everbearing variety which doesn't taste as good as some of the other local varieties... plus you don't get enough at one time to do much with. We have tons of berry farms here in Whatcom County so I'll be able to manage without my own this year.

And I have to say, if my dog was helping me with my strawberries, she'd be eating them all! Love the animal shots as always.

~Chris

ANNEMARIE said...

Yum! I love Strawberry season! I might be a little prejudice here but English strawberries are divine! Look forward to hearing about all your strawb recipes. Nothing to beat Strawberries ( a little sugar) and thick cream though! Have a great weekend!! xxx

Country Gal said...

MMMMM YUMMY ! nothing better then home made strawberry jam ! Lovely photos ! Have a great day !

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Miss Maura,

Strawberries? I'm on my way over. Giggle. Oh, Lizzy looks VERY interested in that dripping water.

Thank you for sharing all the precious pet pictures.

Heaps of Hugs
Prudence

Ang said...

Wow, they look delish! And so pretty in your vintage bowl...Have a great week~

karen-holmes said...

ohhhh...my fav....fresh picked strawberries... love seeing the faces of your "helpers"... i will look through my recipes...thank you for sharing, maura.
-k.

La said...

We love strawberries. I have some plants this year for the first time. I have my fingers crossed that I get at least one bowl of berries.

Julie Harward said...

I agree..and we have been eating them like crazy and my favorite, making freezer jam! Your sweet animals are a bit like mine..come see! :D

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

yum! and i LOVE your animals!

Finding Pam said...

You forgot to mention home made strawberry ice cream. Strawberries are one of my favorites. That is a lot of berries. How long do they produce berries.

Love the photos of your darling pets. Mine do the same thing. Where ever I go they go. It makes me feel good to have such close companions.

Missouri Gal said...

Hi Maura, I've only picked a few strawberries so far but the plants are looking great. Hope I get as many as you have!
Have a great weekend!
Nicole

Cozy Little House said...

I would say that strawberries are probably my very favorite fruit. I have them on my cereal in the morning, and in my protein shake at night.
Brenda

Michaele said...

You can certainly tell those didn't come from the grocery store. Now my mouth is watering.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I love strawberries with a big dollop of clotted cream on top.
When I was young I was allergic to fresh strawberries, happily no longer :)
~Jo

Elyse said...

hi maura,

your blog and photographs are beautiful. looking forward to hopping around!

xo
elyse

Robin said...

Oh Yummy! Fresh picked berries are the best.

Pondside said...

It's still to early for strawberries up here, but I can't wait! We're told that the berries will be smaller than usual this year, but just as sweet. If I had all those berries today I'd be making Strawberry-Rhubarb jam.

Catherine said...

I love strawberries, but i go and pick some at the nearest farm. i used to have a vegetable garden before, but with the goats they jumped and ate everything on their way so ty had to stop.A good weekend to you , catherine

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your berries look beautiful! I'm a few weeks away from picking yet. Gonna try a Chipotle Strawberry Jam this year, should be interesting:@)

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Oh your strawberries look scrumptious!
My mom makes a wonderful strawberry cake...
One vanilla cake mis
strawberries
lg cool whip
Bake cake in 8 or 9 inch round pans.
when cooled slice each one in half across the middle so you have 4 round pieces.
Place one on a plate and spread cool whip and strawberries on top. Layer the remaining cake pieces with the cool whip and berry mixture in between,leaving enough to " frost " the cake too. Decorate with a few berries!
Add tooth picks to hold it together. Cool in refrigerator for two hours before serving...
Now you have one delicious strawberry short cake! It's light and oh so sweet.
Enjoy!
Deb
ps. our camera is a Nikon D40 SLR!

Allie said...

Those Strawberries look amazing! I was planning on buying 100 plants this year but I missed out on the sale so I might wait for next year. I do have one little plant in a hanging basket, so we'll see what happens with that.

Enjoy your berries!

Rural Revival said...

Maura, They look mouthwatering! We're planting 50 plants this spring, so now I have an idea of how much to look forward to! : )

~Andrea~

Leslie said...

WOW!! That is a lot of strawberry plants!!! We are going to a strawberry festival here in MD tomorrow. I am planning to make some yummy strawberry jam.
Have a great weekend.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Your photos are great. The little furbabies are so cute. I love strawberries and we hoped to get some planted this season, but couldn't decide where to put them. It's probably getting a little late to find the plants now and it's rained so much that we'd have to mud them in. Maybe next year. Have a wonderful weekend.

Midwest to Midlands said...

I'm not the first to say it, but YUM! Strawberry shortcake is the best!

Pat said...

Oh my, those strawberries look good! When the kids were little, I set out 200 plants, and in year 3 I had 20 flats of strawberries! Freezer jam was the only thing I made, besides shortcake and pie.

John Gray said...

75 PLANTS!!!
i HAVE 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful Berries! Wish I had some, our lil strawberry patch didnt make it through the winter, I found 1 plant, I'm gonna dig it up today and plant it in a container. Enjoy your berries... Strawberry shortcake is so yummy :)

Jennifer said...

ps. Heres a yummy recipe, I used wildberries, but original recipe called for strawberries. http://jennifer-yates.blogspot.com/2010/06/wildberry-whipped-sensation.html

Donna said...

Wow, so many strawberries! I love strawberries ~ strawberry shortcake and homemade strawberry jam are two favorites.
Love your little helpers.

Hugs,
Donna

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Maura, I was so tickled to see that you decided to join the party! I hope you'll join the each week. How funny that we're both posting about are abundant harvests these days. ;)

By the way, come see yourself featured tonight.
Hugs,

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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