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Strawberry Fields and Festivals: Sweet Red Goodness For The Picking

Strawberry Fields and Festivals: Sweet Red Goodness For The Picking

Strawberry season!  A detour to the Carlsbad strawberry fields brought a rush of memories from a childhood filled with the decidedly California fruit which thrives along the coast. Rows upon rows of the plants with dark green shiny leaves and beautiful white blossoms fill crop land from San Diego north to Monterey Bay.

From the blossoms, come a pale green version of the deep red goodness to come.  The University of Illinois Extension dedicates part of their website to “Strawberries & More.” Although strawberries are grown “in every state in America and also every province in Canada, 75% of the nation’s strawberry crops come from California.”

They are the perfect finger food. Everyone has their own favorite way to eat strawberries. You get a strategy of attack going, like with Oreos or Peanut Butter Cups.  You can grab them by the stem and take a bite. Or cut off the stem and slice them for toppings. If you top the sliced berries with a little granulated sugar and pop them into the fridge, you’ve got an extra sugary, syrupy treat. Our favorite MESSY way to eat them as kids was to dip the raw fruit into powdered sugar. (But you have to be careful not to breathe in while you’re taking a bite! It’s a choke-fest if you accidentally inhale the sugar.)

Back as a kid, I also remember Mom buying those big “Tub O’ Strawberry Glaze” from the produce section to make a cold strawberry pie. Just top cut off the stems and leave the strawberries whole. Mix with the glaze and prettily place them in an already baked pie shell. I hated this version because I had to wait eat them.

Nope. The best way is fresh from the fields. Straight from the farmers. Or should I say, straight from the farming families like at the Carlsbad Strawberry Company. You buy your half flat (3 baskets) or full flat (6 baskets), and then nothing’s stopping you from eating at least one (or two or three) in the gravelly parking lot with a view of the fields. They are warm, full of sunshine and juicy enough to stain your shirt and drip on the ground.

Hungry yet?  Here’s some other places to get strawberries (hopefully near you) . . .


Strawberry Festivals:

Farmer’s Markets:

California Strawberry Commission

*This is NOT a sponsored post.


Wednesday 24th of March 2010

That's THE most incredible picture of strawberries I have ever seen! Our grandaughter's very favorite way of eating strawberries is dipping them in whipped cream! And for grownups, there is always English trifle with layers of pound cake, pudding and sliced strawberries topped with a dollop of whipped cream! Thanks for the yummy remembrances!


Wednesday 24th of March 2010

I have done the Watsonville Festival but never the Oxnard one and I grew up in Ventura County! You have me drooling at the thought of strawberries right now. Dang kids ate the last ones this afternoon! .-= Sharlene´s last blog ..Blogtrotting in Orange County =-.


Wednesday 24th of March 2010

We love strawberries! We were thinking of heading out to Underwood Family Farms to pick some next month, but now you've given me an idea! We could make a day of it in Carlsbad -- visiting the Flower Fields and picking strawberries, too! Thanks!

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