Strawberries, specifically picking your own, is the next favorite thing after baseball. Being English, strawberries and cream are a staple of the diet and needed if stranded on a deserted island. If you would like to take a trip to England in June, try websites such as Mobissimo, Momondo or Kayak. For the budget minded, wait for the off season and try a few pick your own places near and within a few hours drive from Boston. There are many out there for you to explore, and the website is good all over the world. Would love some recommendations/suggestions from you to try as well!
These three recommendations, within an hour or two drive from Boston, were found as traveling around during the season last year. Before you go, call or email first to make sure they are available and picking. In Vermont, Dwight Miller & Sons, 511 Miller Road, E. Dummerston, 802-254-9635, directions from Mapquest and Harlow’s Sugar House, 563 Bellows Falls Road, Putney, 802-387-5852, no website, email is [email protected] In New Hampshire, it is Monadnock Berries, 545 West Hill Road, Troy, 603-242-6417, directions from Google. The prices vary but are much cheaper and obviously not a bad one in the container. There is nothing better than a day out in the sunshine, hopefully, getting exercise the fun way walking through strawberry fields, picking and taste testing, promoting local farms, knowing how they were grown and having fruit to use or freeze.
The freezing method for berries that will still be fresh and juicy nine months later is very simple and is by the owner of High Hopes Orchard, who will be covered in a later article about blueberries, as they do not have strawberries. Wash the berries, take the stems off but leave whole, place in a single layer on a cookie sheet, put in freezer for 90 minutes, remove from sheet and place in freezer bags. There is nothing better than eating fruit you have picked hopefully long into the winter.
There are many things you can do with the strawberries from eating right away, making jam or jelly, shortcakes or a Victoria Sponge Cake. Being English, as I said, this appeals on many levels. The traditional one uses strawberry jam and fresh whipped cream. It is versatile enough to use with any fresh fruit as well. It brings to mind tea time at 4 p.m. that always had to include cream cakes, relaxing during a busy day and enjoying the company around you.
Until next time, happy strawberry picking, enjoy the berries and happy travels! Cheers!