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It’s party time in the strawberry patch! My kids and I braved the heat recently and picked 19 pounds of organic strawberries at our farm share. Another friend just told me she picked four gallons. Life is good now, with plenty of fresh berries for tarts, pies and shortcake.
Life will also be good all winter, when we’ll turn these berries into frozen strawberry smoothies that taste better (and are better for you) than anything in an ice cream parlor. We’ve been making smoothies for dessert all winter and just used up the last bag — a good thing considering most of the berries from this year’s harvest have already been frozen (unwashed) on trays and added to Ziploc bags for next winter. Freezer space is always at a premium!
Frozen Strawberry Smoothie
Rinse frozen berries and remove stems, if you haven’t already done so. Put in a food processor with plain organic yogurt and honey to taste, then pulse until smooth. Add more yogurt until you have the consistency you like. Serve immediately. Note: If you want to make it ahead and put it back in the freezer, you’ll end up with a frozen treat that resembles sorbet (only with dairy).
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School starts tomorrow, and my uber-social 2nd grader isn’t nervous a bit. But I am.
After all, since she won’t be able to drive for another 9 years, I’m the one responsible for tracking down her school supplies. With items like “disposable poncho” and “HP 4×6 photo paper” on the list, I think it’s quite possible I’ll forget something. I also think it’s possible that the scavenger hunt she did at camp — find something blue, find high-heeled shoes — was easier than this.
So rather than jump into a day of errands, we decided to spend the last day of summer doing one of our favorite things: picking berries. We arrived right when the farm opened and had the raspberry patch to ourselves while we filled two flats. Then we rode the wagon to the strawberry field for a few quarts of strawberries.
Sure, the afternoon was hectic as we crammed a day’s worth of errands into a sliver of time. All that back-and-forth in the car felt a lot like fall. But this morning it was still summer, when we had time to amble down a row of berry bushes hunting for the sweetest, ripest fruit; time to laugh at toads and bunnies and chickens; time to help a little sister pick berries just a bit out of reach; time to be together before we all get pulled in so many different ways.
P.S. The berries will be around from now until the first hard freeze so if you decide to go berry picking, stay long enough to fill up a flat. Raspberries and strawberries freeze well and are great partially thawed as dessert or, better yet, added to yogurt or ice cream for a milkshake or smoothie. To freeze them, spread them unwashed in a single layer on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer until the berries are frozen solid. Then double bag them and put them in the freezer until needed. Wash before eating.