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Worm Wednesday: Celebrating Strawberries

May 26th, 2011 · 2 Comments

I’ve lived in Virginia for more than a decade (gulp), and yet I still have trouble thinking of May as strawberry season. Growing up, the grange down the road from our house hosted an enormous strawberry shortcake festival every Father’s Day weekend. On the bright side, Virginia’s accelerated berry season means I get to enjoy my favorite dessert for Mother’s Day — but I still feel a tightening in my chest as Memorial Day approaches and I realize it’s already time to think about preserving strawberries for winter. (My plans? More freezer jam — easy and so heavenly to open up a jar mid-winter and enjoy the scent of fresh berries again.)

strawberries from the garden

We’ve enjoyed a handful of fresh berries from our own garden — the first batch went directly into the boy’s mouth, the second time around there were enough to share one with the baby, too. We still are a long way off from meeting our strawberry consumption demand with entirely home-grown berries, though, so we’ll be back to market and perhaps a farm over the weekend to stock up.

home-grown strawberries

I loved the pictures Fun Mama shared of her adorable toddlers picking berries at Wegmeyer Farms in Loudoun County. (They helpfully advise parents to dress children in red or other stain-appropriate clothes for the outing.) Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Va., hosts their annual Strawberry Jubilee this weekend — but check their website first and get there EARLY as they sell out of berries. (Really!) You can find a pick-your-own farm near you at the PickYourOwn website. Have you gone berry picking with your kids yet this year?

We eat most of our berries straight out of hand before I can do much else with them, but here are some foodie tots-approved strawberry recipes we’ve enjoyed in years past:

(PS I do realize it’s not Wednesday, but yesterday just got away from me. You know how that goes, I’m sure. If you’d like to share a photo of your kids in the garden for a future “Worm Wednesday” post, please e-mail it to, or leave a link to a recent gardening post in the comments.)

Tags: at market · cooking with kids · eatLocalDC · foodietots kitchen garden · local farms · summer

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Christie Smith
    Twitter: goingloca
    // May 27, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I’m already mourning the end of strawberry season here in Florida. And, since we’re making a cross country move next month, I wasn’t even able to make jam so I could get my strawberry fix throughout the year. :( You better believe I’ll be making up for it next year!
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  • 2 Jill // Jun 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Local strawberries are finally out at the markets here in Minneapolis! I am so making that kale salad recipe – it will be a nice change from my usual salad with apples, nuts and raisins.
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