Weekend roundup: Strawberry extravaganza

What a weekend! The sun was high and the skies were blue. My daily perusal of recipes found me adding tons of strawberry confections to my Pinterest board. So, like any”crazy chef” I rounded the troops (in this case my cousins) and organized a Strawberry picking extrvaganza at Gro-Moore farms in Rush, NY. It has been ages since I actually went to a farm and picked fresh strawberries, so this was on my summertime “bucket list.” It took some gentle prodding to get one of my cousin’s on board since she is against all things outside, bugs, dirt & sweat! But what is life without going outside of your comfort zone every now and then.

Once we arrived at Gro-Moore and the initial intensity of the hot high sun wore off we picked away and away and away. Of course, those that were the most reluctant to attend the trip were the very ones who seemed to have the most fun!

Strawberry kids

Surprisingly (or maybe not) our young friends out walked and out-picked the adults!

rotted strawberries

Excessive summer rain here in upstate NY ruined the majority of the crops.

strawberry patch

Keep searching and you will find hidden gems.

Myia strawberry picking

See my sister found a luscious strawberry gem.

Daria Strawberry

This friend turned her frown upside down once we assured her that her basket was just as good as everyone else’s.

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All smiles despite the intense sun.

Nashalee strawberry picking

Asiona basket

Look at that lovely basket.

Avant Strawberry picking I

At only three years old this little guy was the most dedicated & A+mazing strawberry picker of us all!

Avant Strawberry picking II

Good, better, only pick the best.

Avant strawberry picking III

Time to rest and inspect our hard work.

Avant Strawberry picking

I think his cool cool sunglasses gave him super powers.

Savannah strawberry picking

Even lil bit got in on the fun.

strawberry basket

Refusing to be outdone I worked doubly hard to fill my larger basket.

Friendly's group pick

Ice cream at Friendly’s to reward all of our hard work.

minted strawberry melon

and a Minted Strawberry Melon Smoothie to cap off a long, hot + fun day.

Blend-Summer-Volume-1-Coversmall1

Courtesy of the brand new book Blend: Artisanal Smoothies for Food Lovers Summer Volume:1

by Faith Gorsky of An Edible Mosaic & Alyssa Brantley of Everyday Maven

(review coming soon)

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