We picked strawberries today at the Charlotte Berry Farm, a.k.a. “berry picking heaven.” The boys love it because they have excellent toys and creemees, and I love that the farm is owned and staffed by lovely people who don’t spray their strawberries with all manner of toxic badness.
Though the little guys did primarily focus on Legos, I got E. in the field with me to pick berries for the first time ever. He was racing up and down the rows with his flat, screeching when he found big berries and plucking and plucking away. Who knew that all I had to do was casually tell him to come with me and he would?
And if we’re picking strawberries, it must be June, a realization that leaves me in the blessed and happy-anxious state of preparing for the Vermont harvest ahead. It’s true that it’s off to a slow start because of our sodden fields (beautifully written about by Melissa Pasanen in our local paper). But it’s still time to think about preparing for easy meals in the hot months ahead – not to mention the long winter that’s not too far behind.
So today’s Tuesday Tip is my Food To-Do List for June. I’m about halfway through, and I will or won’t get there but at least we’ll have berries.
- Try to use up any lingering 2010 food that’s still in the freezer.
- Then defrost the freezer. But do remember to put down something to catch the water. Yep.
- If buying ahead, choose items that will combine well with salad ingredients or grilled meals.
- Pick strawberries for freezing or canning (this year I’m not making strawberry jam and am only freezing).
- Pick first greens for braising/cooking and blanch and freeze them.
- Put aside one or two cool nights for baking muffins, cookies and biscuits so I’ve got some baked goods in the freezer for when it’s too hot to crank the oven.
- Pick rhubarb and freeze it.
- Pick thyme before it’s in flower and dry it (oops – nearly before it’s in flower).
Or you could just go have a creemee.