Monday, June 28, 2010

in the strawberry fields

Over the weekend we had the good fortune to be part of a group, led by Jon Rowley, that gathered at Thulen Farms in LaConnor to pick Shuksan strawberries. Shuksan strawberries, I learned, are a highly perishable variety of strawberry with a 3 week season and a 24 hour shelf life. This means they are always picked and sold or used on the same day. Indeed, we noticed late in the day as we were washing and cleaning the last of those we'd picked for making jam, many more berries with mushy parts than when we started.

We had an opportunity to sample and compare the Shuksan strawberry to four other varieties; we were impressed by the noticeable difference in sweetness. This memorable event ended with delicious strawberry shortcake made by Jon Rowley with biscuits provided by Anthony's that were baked that morning, and strawberry ice cream made by farmer Chris McKnight. A truly special day.

15 comments:

Vanessa said...

This looks like the perfect day, I especially love the hands full of strawberries. You know, I've never been to a place to pick them myself but it's such a wonderful idea. The ice cream has me drooling.

Ruth said...

This looks fantastic! Some of my best childhood memories are picking strawberries with my mom. Love the red-stained hands :) Have a great Monday!

Barbara said...

What a delight, Lecia! For all ages. Bet you had as much fun as the boys!

Elisabelle said...

it looks like a wonderful day.
the strawberry shortcake makes my mouth water (almost lunch time!)

house on hill road said...

your photos are beautiful, lecia. you know that strawberry picking is one of my favorite things. i am so glad you had such a lovely day.

likeschocolate said...

local strawberries are so much better than the ones that are shipped from California. Looks wonderful!

Kwana said...

This is the coolest post. What a great experience.

Cathy said...

Holy cow, Lecia. I'm so glad I finally found you (thank you twitter - I never thought I'd say that!!) Someone/thing highjacked your blog address, as you know.

Claudia said...

This strawberries look so good - I'm getting hungry...
Glad you found the time to take some pictures in between all the strawberry picking :=)
Greetings from Germany - we have strawberry season this month as well :=)) Claudia

Laura said...

So good to see you! I got "bumped" to the other site and it scared me! Nothing worse than losing a favourite blog!

Mariel Torres said...

the strawberries look so juicy and delicious! it sounds like you guys had a wonderful time :)

Deborah said...

This is really wonderful and those berries look delicious! I went to the link for Jon Rowley and it was interesting. How did you find out about his events? There wasn't an event page on the link. What a great opportunity for you and your family! Looks like you had a sunny day in Seattle too! :)

Francesca said...

I'm just beginning to learn about the different varieties of strawberries. When I bought my transplants, I was given one plant that is growing very differently from the others, and is much bigger and is propagating like a weed. Unfortunately, I can't judge the berries, because Rebecca has taken to picking them as soon as she sees them, and can't be taught to wait until they're red and ripe:(

A Day That is Dessert said...

Thank you Laura!

Deborah: I found out about it via twitter - you can 'follow' him and get updates about seasonal food happenings.....

Francesca: funny about Rebecca :)

Thanks Mariel!

And thanks to the rest of you who commented before they all got erased. xoxo

sweetlife said...

wonderful post, I love strawberry fields , I love the pic of the red smudged hands filled with berries, too cute..

sweetlife