Strawberry Fields Forever

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.

Daddy showing Shayne how to look for and pick strawberries at Stade's Farm

Daddy showing Shayne how to look for and pick strawberries at Stade’s Farm

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I loved how the air literally smelled of strawberries while out in the fields. It was so peaceful and just beautiful.

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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.

At the farm

At the farm

We ended up with 6 lbs of fresh strawberries!

aren't they beautiful!?

aren’t they beautiful!?

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!

First time making my own freezer jam. It will be awesome cracking a jar open in the winter! Fresh strawberry all year round. It was seriously delicious and so fresh tasting. I also made Strawberry Peach jam (not pictured)

First time making my own freezer jam. It will be awesome cracking a jar open in the winter! Fresh strawberry all year round. It was seriously delicious and so fresh tasting. I also made Strawberry Peach jam (not pictured)

 

Strawberry Muffins - so moist and delicious.

Strawberry Muffins – so moist and delicious.

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

 

Seriously my new favorite pie!

Seriously my new favorite pie!

What summer foods have you and your family been enjoying!??

 

 

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