"The people who give you their food give you their heart" - Cesar Chavez

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Strawberry Picking, Eatwell Farm, Dehydrated Strawberries

We belong to Eatwell's CSA and we were pretty excited to receive info on Eatwell's Strawberry Days! My good friends Hannah, Isy & Emma joined Nichole & I for a day of strawberry picking in the sun. Eatwell has two large strawberry crops, one was smaller strawberries from last year's crop and the other was larger, brighter strawberries from this year's crop. We nearly filled our baskets on the new strawberries before walking across the field to the small strawberries where we quickly discovered that the small strawberries from the previous year were much sweeter and juicer! Almost as though the strawberry flavor was more concentrated in the smaller berry, so we double stocked up! We froze some, made some strawberries pies, and dehydrated a bunch which were delicious!
 2 legged strawberry
Isy & Emma
 A nice poem about friendship at a thrift store in downtown Petaluma:
 It says: "Friendship is the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with the person having neither to weigh thought nor measure words, but pouring all right out just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful friendly hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of comfort, blow the rest away"
 With all the strawberries we froze some, made some mini strawberry mint pies (above) and dehydrated a whole of strawberries (below).
 Dehydrated Strawberries
Slice the strawberries as evenly as you can, and place on the dehydrator. Let it be for 6-8 hours at 135 degrees. Store them in an airtight container and try to not eat them all at once. enjoy as you wish!
Go pick your berries with your friends and be fearless...

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