One of the best things about summer is all the fresh produce you can get that isn’t available during other times of the year. One of my favorite fruits that just scream summer are strawberries! My two boys love them too. In fact, we have been buying about 2-3 lbs of strawberries a week this summer so far because these boys just inhale them. Something fun I thought we should do is go strawberry picking! In fact, I found out about a farm local to us that grows tons of fresh produce. All of their crops are non gmo as well. We decided to check out Stade’s Farm in McHenry, Illinois. It is a beautiful farm. For about a month from the middle of June to the beginning of July, they have U-Pick strawberries. They have over 10 acres of strawberry fields! We picked a Saturday morning during the first couple weeks of their strawberry season when the crop was still plentiful.
I loved how the air literally smelled of strawberries while out in the fields. It was so peaceful and just beautiful.
We had such a fun time picking strawberries. In fact, we decided we would make it a family tradition and go every year. The boys had a blast picking strawberries, and eating them as they picked 😉 If you are in the area, I highly recommend Stade’s Farm. Everyone who worked there were all very nice and made it a point to say hi or talk to us. We plan on going back during the Fall for their pumpkin season.
We ended up with 6 lbs of fresh strawberries!
We had so much fun making new strawberry dishes. I made a fresh vegan strawberry rhubarb pie. It was the first time I made one from scratch AND even tried strawberry rhubarb. I fell in love. The whole family really enjoyed the pie. I also made strawberry muffins, pop tarts, freezer jam (strawberry & strawberry peach), strawberry lemonade, froze some for smoothies and we just ate them as is. The best part: all recipes were vegan!
What summer foods have you and your family been enjoying!??
- Vegan Flakey Pie Crust
- Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
- Strawberry Muffins
- Pop Tarts
- Strawberry Lemonade
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