Monday, May 11, 2015

Strawberry Fields Forever

















You all know that Ben and I love U-Pick farms in the spring and summer. Here in Portland, it's hard to miss a weekend of picking, because there is such an abundance of fresh veggies and fruits to be pulled right from the vine/branch/bush and immediately consumed. Last year we spent nearly every single weekend on Sauvie or in Hood River, picking everything from strawberries and plums, to blueberries and peaches, to peppers and heirloom tomatoes. I know that I post, ad nauseam, about U-Pick, and very sadly for you, U-Pick season is back. And I'm here, holding a bunch of freshly picked fruit, ready to bore you with it.

We hit Kruger's Farm Market on Sauvie Island (30 mins from downtown) this past weekend (where we did a set of engagement photos last year and picked apples in September) as they were open for their historically early u-pick strawberry season. Apparently, we're two weeks away from their previous earliest-open date - a testament to the weird and warm winter we had here in Portland. Kruger is an awesome spot that has a big farm market, many u-pick fields, and good pricing. Strawberries were $2 a pound and we ended up with a big flat for about $9. 

We ran those strawberries right home, made an angel food cake, and then topped the cake with sliced strawberries fresh off the plant and a honey whipped cream. Recipe soon to come!

18 comments

  1. Beautiful pictures!

    xx

    Mademoiselle Coconath

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  2. How fun! I'm looking forward to finding local produce this summer, too :)

    xo, Laura
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  3. It's almost time to pick strawberries?!?!? Aaaaaahh so excited!!!!! Coincidentally (again, of course) I also posted about u-picking this week!!! I'm still using last year's blueberries! http://www.create-enjoy.com/2015/05/coconut-blueberry-cinnamon-ice-cream-paleo.html

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  4. U-pick farms are the greatest!! And such a steal of a deal. Its like, why would you NOT do it?? Your photos bring a summery sense of warm to this rainy day. Thanks for sharing, cheers!

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  5. It's so amazing how early strawberry season is this year! Our garden strawberries are already flowering. Beautiful photos. Really captures the fun & sweetness of berry picking!

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  6. Oh man this totally makes me want to go strawberry picking...as soon as this rain lets up! :)

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  7. I absolutely adore your pictures! They sum up summer to me!

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

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  8. LONG LIVE U-PICK! I took my daughter to pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples and pears last year, and I can't wait to make the rounds again this summer!

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  9. Wow - that is super early for picking strawberries - picking fruit is such a fun thing and I am always so excited for all the fruit that goes into the freezer. Super cute pictures.

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  10. Tailored and trueMay 12, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    These photos are just adorable! I love the berry shots, and it's making me think of the last time I went strawberry picking (years ago!!)!


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  11. This is awesome!! And you got some great photos!! I love The Beatles song reference too!!


    Amber
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  12. How fun! I'm excited to see your picking adventures unfold!

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  13. You must have picked them all because I was there on Sunday and struggled to get 3 pints filled. But I'll be back... I'm a u-pick junkie too.

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  14. Yes! Ugh! We need the rain, I suppose, but I was loving that sun!

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  15. Isn't it nuts?! We were shocked!

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  16. I saw that - we're always on the same page! :D As we should be - U-Pick is awesome!

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  17. Lovely pictures.
    xoxo
    Christy

    http://www.am2pmchic.com

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  18. This makes me want to go strawberry picking asap....my husband and I were just talking about it the other day!

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