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. The event concluded with 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.