Our CSA share last week included 2 quarts of strawberries with the option to pick an additional 2 quarts ourselves. I don’t generally participate in these PYO opportunities but I love strawberries so I couldn’t resist. It also helped that my friend Jo-Ann offered to let me pick her 2 quarts and keep them since she was going to be out of town and couldn’t do it herself.
Six quarts of strawberries is a lot of strawberries!
And picking them wasn’t easy. For one thing, it was raining. For another, strawberry plants are low to the ground. I spent twenty minutes or so kneeling in the strawberry patch, plucking sweet red berries. I soon discovered that they make a satisfying little “pop” when they are ripe and I honestly enjoyed the picking once I gave myself over to the experience.
I was a muddy mess by the time I was done but it was definitely worth it.
I froze 3 quarts, I made another strawberry pie, and I saved some for just plain eating.
Local strawberries from the CSA, that’s a very good thing.