A neighbor has a few strawberry plants along the sidewalk and has encouraged us to pick ones we see are ripe and look good. Ingrid has been obsessed with this, and loves to walk by there. I decided we should go to an actual farm and pick strawberries, ones that I'm pretty sure have never been peed on by a dog. We met up with friends today and picked nearly four pounds of berries!
Ingrid and Ben had fun running through the plants. I felt bad at first but after seeing how many other kids were doing the same thing, I'm pretty sure the people at the farm wouldn't allow kids if they weren't expecting a few trampled berries. Jami and I tried to wrangle the kids to picking the ripest, best looking strawberries, but all Ben wanted to do was pick the green ones (he thought they were golden raspberries!) and Ingrid always picked the muddiest ones, which she would bite once and then throw in the box.
It didn't take long to fill up our box. I could've gone on for awhile longer but I knew I'd end up with all these strawberries and not know what to do with them. Plus we'd just gotten a pound each of blueberries and raspberries, so we have berries coming out the wazoo right now. Luckily, I have my trusty allrecipes.com to go to and find great recipes to use them all up.
The one I tried today was a berry cobbler. Yum.
Here's the recipe:
1/4 c. butter, melted in baking pan or pie pan
mix together 1 c. flour, 2tsp baking powder, 3/4 c. sugar, 3/4 c. milk, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pour batter over melted butter, then add about 3 cups of fresh berries on top. Do not stir, it bakes over the fruit and gets all golden brown and yummy looking. Oh, and I topped the fruit with a little brown sugar. Because I can, and I wanted to!
I'm envisioning some waffles and berries tomorrow for breakfast, and perhaps making some more jam. Again, yum. I love summer fruits!