I absolutely love it when local fresh strawberries are in season. It means summer is really here (even if the weather feels like “Juneary”). Strawberries mean the 4th of July is near. Although the usual holiday festivities won’t be happening for us in Edmonds like our small-town parade and evening fireworks, you can still celebrate our freedom with fresh strawberries.
I know these are challenging times for everyone. I’ve tried to make the best of all the strangeness by nesting at home, which means I have been cooking, baking, canning, freezing and preserving whatever I can from my garden or the farmer’s markets. I’ve been picking luscious red ripe strawberries from a neighbor’s yard as well as harvesting some from our tiny patch. Once you have tasted a fresh, local strawberry it’s hard to go back to the cottony ginormous berries that are sold in the supermarket. Pick up your berries at the local farmer’s market while they are in season. Buy extras. Freeze them in one-pound bags. You won’t regret it.