May 31, 2010

Umm... Umm...Good!

As long as I can remember, when weather and the growing season permit, part of Memorial Day for our family has been picking strawberries. 

There are lots of places nearer to our home where we can pick our own, but the best berries come from a field thirty minutes away.

This farm has the most gorgeous plants and the tastiest berries of any I've ever eaten.  Elisabeth agrees.

So this morning, even before breakfast, we piled in the car and took a beautiful drive through the countryside. For those of you who might be interested to know, we spotted a corvette along the way. 
 Our happy gang set to work quickly filling baskets with the delectable start of summer. 
In under an hour we had filled all our baskets and headed to be weighed.

It sure looks like a lot.  With this gang, though, they won't be around by the end of the week.  

The grand total? 
Mr. Wachter wants you to know that's fifty-five pounds for piddling little families who only picked fifty pounds.  ☺ The good news for us is strawberries and ice cream for lunch, strawberry shortcake for dinner and crepes with fresh berries on our breakfast table tomorrow morning. 


  1. for a split second I thought.."man, with all that help them must be able to pick a 'ton' of berries".. but then I rememebered how much our family can eat.. :)
    55#... happy eating!!

  2. Sorry to burst your bubble....we picked 57 lbs. last week :P

    GREAT JOB WACHTER CREW!!! Picking strawberries is sooo much fun!! What do y'all do with your 55 + pounds of strawberries?

  3. The one thing I still have to do! They look delicious by the way.

  4. Yum!
    This isn't the farm in New Windsor is it??? That' where we used to go.. we LOVED to pick strawberries!!

    55lbs.. WOW!

  5. AWESOME!!! I have never picked that many berries! Last year me and my family picked blueberries at a farm, and came home to make the following:

    blueberry pancakes
    blueberry muffins
    blueberry syrup
    and we froze the rest for "safe keeping".

    I suggest that with all those strawberries, you make the following:

    strawberry shortcake (as you said)
    strawberry pie
    put strawberries on cereal
    strawberry syrup
    strawberry custard (just sprinkle the strawberries on top of normal custard)
    share your bounty with friends: give them a little basket of strawberries. :-)
    lastly, before your strawberries go bad, freeze tham for later use. when you do defrost them, be sure not to put them back in the freezer-they won't freese up the right way, and when they do freeze and you want to defrost them again, they don't taste any good!
    Love your post!!

    God bless,

  6. Yes, I do!

    Strawberry syrup
    1 cup sugar
    2 cups of strawberries
    4 tablespoons of water (more or less)

    Add all ingredients together, and simmer over low heat until thick, stirring often.

    Enjoy, and thank you! I have been wondering what to post about, and this gives me and opertunity to post about syrup!!

    God bless,

  7. Yummy, yummy strawberries!!!!!!!!!!!