Monday, May 30, 2011

Fresh from the Garden . . .


The strawberries have begun ripening now, and we harvested our first homegrown strawberries the other day and enjoyed them for dinner . . .


Were they ever delicious! I picked some more of them yesterday morning, and I don't think they are going to last long. :) They are so different from what one buys at the grocery store . . . so juicy and so full of flavor!

The plants are all producing well so far, but I'm not sure if there will be enough strawberries ready at the same time in order to can strawberry jam, but I sure am hoping there will be. Especially after seeing my friend Joy's beautiful canned goods . . . we'll just have to wait and see!

12 comments:

  1. Drool! Those look delicious.

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  2. How exciting! It always feels so wonderful when you get to reap what you sow... eating the work of your hands...

    Many Blessings,
    ~Shannon~

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  3. Hey Sarah! Those berries look so yummy. Will you all be making jam with those? If so, I would love your recipe. What other fruits are growing in your garden this year? Can't wait to hear your plans for the berries! Take care! :)

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  4. Lovely! i was born and raised in a part of Florida where strawberries are grown commercially. In the early spring, we had the "Strawberry Festival." It was wonderful, and I still love strawberry shortcake any time of the year!

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  5. They look yummy! :o) I have a few strawberry plants and they are getting a few flowers on them and a few little green strawberries! Can't wait til they actually produce more! I think I might add more plants in next year.

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  6. It is, Shannon! And as you shared, it feels wonderful to enjoy the harvest and fruits of ones' labors. And it makes all of the time and work worth it!

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  7. Thank you for your comment, Angie! And yes, they were. :) I hope to make jam with some of the strawberries, but I am not sure if we will have enough ready to harvest at the same time in order to do so. I have been putting the excess berries up in the freezer, though, so I should eventually be able to make jam. And if I do, I would be happy to share the recipe here for you!

    As far as what fruits we are growing this year in addition to the strawberries, we have blueberries. Our fruit trees looked like they were going to produce some this year, but then the frost killed the blossoms so we won't be having any harvest off of those. We also have wild plums that we harvest, and we might have some wild blackberries to harvest as well. And then, of course, we have all of the vegetables in the garden as well. :)

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  8. The strawberry festival sounds like it would be fun, Our Cross-Stitching Home! And I would agree, strawberry shortcake any time of the year is always a welcome treat. :) That's one of our (many) favorite ways to enjoy strawberries!

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  9. They were, Nabila! How exciting for you that your plants are flowering and that there are little strawberries growing as well. I hope your plants produce very well for you! And have fun adding more plants next year. :)

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  10. Ooh! Your strawberries look so deliously good; as I'm sure they were! Whenever we planted strawberries, they were always so small. With a large family, you'd have to pick a lot of strawberries!

    Enjoy your strawberries, Sarah :)

    Bethany Joy

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  11. They are, Bethany! Too bad we can't share some with you. :) Hmm, I wonder why your berries were always so small. Perhaps it could have been the variety you chose? These ones are fairly good size, though, they are starting to get a little smaller now. Yes, for a family your size you would need to have a lot of strawberries! Even for us, they disappear rather quickly. :)

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