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, there were many more berries with mushy parts than when we started.
The event concluded with strawberry shortcake made by Jon Rowley, and strawberry ice cream made by farmer Chris McKnight. A truly special day.