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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Guess what we did yesterday!?

Guess what we did yesterday????

Take a walk though my photos, and soon you will see......

What is THIS???
Nope, we weren't out on a search party.
Or wait.
Maybe we WERE.....

I loved this picture of a little boy, doing what we were about to do...

Now you know.
Look at the haul this little girl made!

So off to the field we went.
My hubby bent down, lifted up the leaves and LOOK
what he found!:

Oh Yeah.
We ate some in the field.
I THINK that's allowed, isn't it?

Before long, we picked 10 quarts.
Well, SOME of us did.
SOME of us were taking pictures, eating strawberries and putting one or two in the containers...

Here is another shot of them hiding on the vine. Drooling yet?

How about NOW?

It really didn't take too long to pick 10 quarts. Now the work begins. Later today, I will be making homemade jam and biscuits for strawberry shortcake.
Its a rough life to be retired, but someone has to do it!! :-}


gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

How fun! I've never gone strawberry picking before, it seems like hard work. I think being the photographer and taste tester is the best job, you chose wisely :)

Cathy Clementz said...

STOP TORTURING ME!!! I didn't think I had any slobber left in me after salivating over my peach wine, but HOLY-WAH!!! Darn you woman!!! THOSE are making my mouth water and many did you actually end up with again??? Verses eating I mean!

blushing rose said...

Ohhh! My favorites ... ours are gone already tho. TTFN ~Marydon

Carol said...

Now you made me hungry. That is trouble since I have no food to eat at the office. Smile. But oh they look good.

Insanity Kim said...

If only I weren't allergic...

Well drooling over the pix and licking the screen hasn't made my throat swell yet! What an amazing day!!

Brittany said...

Ohhhh can I come over?!?!?!?!

Jenn Jilks said...

Delicious post, I love how you set it up. I have very fond memories of picking strawberries in My Muskoka with my mother. She'd always give us some jars to take home. I cannot face it yet! Still adjusting to her loss!

Wanda said...


The Retired One said...

Gardener: Actually, picking them is pretty easy, because the berries are so big...blueberry and raspberry picking is MUCH harder.

Cathy: We picked 14 quarts when all was said and done, because I brought some to my brother, too. It went really fast because they were so big.
Now today, I am hulling them and cooking them up into some jam and saving some for strawberry shortcake. We went to Chassell. When we got there, 3 farms had closed signs...but we asked at a shop and she gave me the name and directions to another farm 7 miles away. They were only open for one hour and by the time we got done and drove out, they already had their closed sign up. They are 2 or 3 weeks behind...plenty of green ones left yet, so if you get a hankering to come and pick, I have the phone number of the farm for ya!

Blushing: Yes, you are a lot warmer where you live, right? Ours are actually 3 weeks behind because of our cold weather. They are usually at a peak here on the 4th of July week or the week before.

Carol: Well, stop working. ha Yes, the picture even makes me drool and I have the berries in the kitchen. ha

Insanity: So sorry to hear you are allergic. I know many people are, but you are the first one I know.
Sooo sorry, you really are missing out on some wonderful fruit.

Brittany: Hell yeah!! C'mon up!

Joycee said...

I wish I was your neighbor...and it was Christmas...and you were going to give out strawberry jam!
joy c. at grannymountain

The Retired One said...

Joycee: Funny! I may hoard them myself this year and only serve it to maybe you can come for a visit instead? :-}

Jenn: So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I think of my mother-in-law as she always used to pick every berry imaginable and making pies and jams. She passed several years ago now.

Wanda: Sorry I made you drool..but they are drool-worthy. ha

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

ok, so shall I send you my address via email? can you send the jam by 2-day shipment?!?!

Julie said...

Oh. My. Gosh.

I just licked my monitor screen. LOL

Lesley said...

mmm ... those do look yummy!!! I don't blame you for hoarding them. lol

Sue said...

My gosh, the colors are fantastic. And look at all the pretty wildflowers.
Well, enjoy all the jam making! Isn't summer wonderful!

rainfield61 said...

What a inviting red, how can I resist...

SquirrelQueen said...

Mmmmm, those just look so ripe and juicy and sweet and .... I want some.

I have a few little plants but they produce nothing that looks that yummy.

Have a great day,

Loree said...

That looks like such good fun. Strawberry season is over here in the Med. Those strawberries look delicious.

Steve Ballmer said...

Keep on blogging my friend!

This DVM's Wife's Life said...

Amazingly with this weird cooler weather we have had we had a great crop of strawberries. Looks like you did too!
Hope you share some of those recipes for jam and such!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

PLEASE have some pictures of your homemade jam when it's done! Nothing tastes better than fresh strawberry jam!!

The Retired One said...

Roshni: your picture is so cute!
I would love to mail you some...but it would probably be a sticky mess when it got there. ha

Julie: That will be the next thing...a scratch and sniff and lickable screen! haahaaa.......

Leslie: Hoarding sounds so mean, I prefer the word cherish. hahaaaa....

Sue: Yes, summer is WONDERFUL! But it goes by soooo fast...

Rainfield: yes, it is a treat for the eyes, the nose and the tongue!

Squirrelqueen: Wow, you have your own plants? that is pretty neat. Give them a few years, maybe they will start producing some?

Loree: When is your season for them?

Steve: you are new, no? Did you join on as a Follower? That would be great. Don't worry...I will keep on blogging..I am addicted.

DVM's Wife: I just use the freezer jam recipe on the package of SureJell...really easy...just mash your berries to make 2 cups of slush, add four cups of sugar (yes, twice the amount than the fruit. Damn. But you gotta spoil yourself now and then on your toast, right?).
You let that sit for 10 minutes, stirring a few times. Then in a saucepan you put 3/4 cups water and the pkg. of SureJell and stir the whole time until it comes to a boil and boil and stir another 1 minute.
Add that to your fruit/sugar mash and stir for 3 minutes...voila.
Spoon into jars, leaving 1 inch of air at the top and put in freezer. (leaving one jar for refrigerator, because of course you want some on your toast the next day!) ha.
The hard part is making homemade bread next for it to go on. hahaaaaa.

Lynn: I already stuck in in the freezer. I should have remembered to take pictures as I made each step of the jam...DUH!..would have made a good blog post!

Sara said...

Those berries look so delicious!!! I am in love:)

I also wanted to let you know you helepd my baby! Your constipiation remedy helped him. Thank you so much. We did just as you said and now my son goes
Thank you so much!

The Retired One said...

Sara: I am so glad it worked for Cole...that is so is something that worked for my first daughter when she was a newborn!

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