Strawberries are here – welcome summer! Most pick-your-own fields in the Valley are open this weekend. Now is the time to fill your table and your freezer with strawberries. Pick them when the whole berry is bright red, including the tip, for unsurpassed peak-season flavor. Pluck off the stem with your thumb and eat them straight, or try a strawberry salad to meld early summer flavors: top a bowl of fresh greens with halved strawberries, mint and goat cheese. Find pick-your-own farms, recipes, and preservation tips at www.buylocalfood.org.
Valley Bounty is written by By Kristen Wilmer of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA).