Pick-your-own Strawberries

by autumn on July 8, 2011

Strawberry season is done here in New York, but the pick-your-own season is just getting started. I snuck in some strawberry picking recently, just before our focus shifted to raspberries and blueberries. I wanted to share what I did with my modest 6 pounds of berries. I figure some folks may be interested in doing pick-your-own for the first time, but wondering what one might do with all those berries. Plus, I grew up in a place with a super-short growing season, so I know some of you local-eaters out there still have strawberries.

Good Morning, Queens! Strawberry picking involves getting up mad early. Small perfect strawberries will make it worthwhile, but it was this early:

I met Emily in Brooklyn then Emily’s friend Kathryn and her boyfriend Ed picked us up in a zipcar. We headed up to Greig Farm in Dutchess County. We decided on Greig Farm because Kathryn had been there when she was just a wee one, but check out pickyourown.org to find a farm near you!

We picked….

And picked…

And picked! Everyone warned me of this, but strawberry picking is really hard work. You’ll probably be sore the next day. Unless of course you do a lot of squats at the gym. If that’s the case, I’d like to invite you berry picking.

Even for just a little while, it was really nice to get out of the city. Upstate New York amazes me every time. It’s hard to believe that such a short drive from the city, the planet is still intact. Good to know. Even though I was exhausted, I got to work on my berries as soon as I got home. Here’s what happened:

  • Strawberry Balsamic Black Pepper Jam from Hitchhiking to Heaven: This recipe is from Shae’s e-book of prizewinning (literally!) jams and jellies. I didn’t want to devote all my strawberries to jam because I already had made a good amount, but this one’s a show stopper.
  • Strawberry Shrub from Serious Eats: I am such a fan of strange vinegary drinks and this cold-processed shrub from Serious Eats is the little black dress of strange vinegary drinks.
  • Strawberry Cashew Milk: You were there for this.
  • Strawberry Blueberry Pie: I can’t sell out this recipe because it’s a family favorite that one of my bosses shared with me. It was darn good. I’d know because I ate the entire thing myself. I used my gluten-free pie crust recipe.
  • Strawberry Basil Ice Cream: 100% as good as it sounds. I used my strawberry chamomile ice cream recipe as a guide and subbed sugar for the honey.


And I had just enough left for my morning gluten-free oats!

More folks doing good with strawberries:


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1 Kathryn July 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Yay strawberries! I had such a fun time going upstate with you guys. 🙂 You did some really awesome stuff with your berries – that ice cream sounds so amazing. Let me know if you guys wanna do a repeat when apples come into season – I bet we can find a place on Long Island that’s closer than Greig, though I’m always happy to return to the area of my youth.


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