WFAEats
1:27 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Strawberries Arrive Early

Ripening Strawberries.
Credit Flickr/sigusr0

Strawberry pie. Strawberry shortcake. Strawberry jam. Strawberry margarita. Strawberry ice cream. Strawberry cheesecake. Strawberry smoothie.

This Bubba Blue-like moment is brought to you by my giddy anticipation of strawberry season. If, like me, you enjoy strawberries in their many delicious concoctions, rejoice! Thanks to a La Nina winter the strawberry crop will come early and abundantly in most areas of the state according to the North Carolina Strawberry Association.

Kevin Hall of Hall Family Farm in Charlotte said their u-pick fields will open April 15, or even a few days before. This will be earlier than the Hall’s have opened in the past few years.

Don’t miss getting your share of the first ripe berries. They’re going to be here soon! Use this Strawberry Farm Locator as your guide to juicy strawberry goodness.

I’m a sucker for simple recipes calling for few ingredients (five is my absolute max!)

Strawberries - best enjoyed plain.
Credit Flickr/tamburix

My favorite-

Fresh Strawberries
Ingredients:

  • 1 Strawberry patch
  • 1 Sunny day
  • 1 Clean t-shirt

Directions:
Find ripe strawberry. Pick. Inspect for bug(s). If found, blow off. Wipe strawberry on the tail of t-shirt you are wearing. Pop in mouth and savor*. Repeat until full. Or your grandmother chases you out of the patch.
*Do not attempt this recipe at a commercial strawberry farm until purchasing the berries.

Kids enjoying fresh picked strawberries.
Credit Flickr/Michael Bentley