I will concentrate on a particular favourite: Strawberry season! It's my fav!!
We have a wonderful strawberry patch that we go to "Sunset U-pick" which is currently in danger of being rezoned for housing. I signed the petition to keep it zone for whatever it is now because I desperately want the strawberries to stay!! So if you live in Fredericton, head to Sunset U-pick for some amazing strawberries and sign that petition!!!
I found out on Monday that it had opened on Friday without my knowledge and since Monday was beautiful here and the next 3 days were supposed to rain I was desperately trying to figure out if they were open in the evening. Yes, they are in fact!
I packed up the boys after a speedy supper, grabbed some containers and went in search of strawberries.
Sunset U-pick did not dissappoint, first they were open at 5:45pm (and actually until around 8pm I think, perhaps we didn't need to speed eat but I wasn't willing to take that chance!!) and they had so many huge bright red strawberries ready for picking.
The boys did great, they gathered approximately 1/2 a box each (some were still a little pale but we will work on that!!) and perhaps ate the other half of their boxes!!
I spent my time there speed strawberry picking as I have no idea the exact attention span a 2 and 4 yr old have for this activity. It can change at any moment! So I gathered as many as I could and filled all the containers we had with us! That equals HUGE success in my world. I think they had fun, I was happy to have strawberries and everyone loved eating them!!!
We definitely collected enough since we had enough to drop off one box to my parents, a big bowl for individual bowls of yummy strawberries and some strawberry shortcakes AND 6 batches of strawberry jam!!
So now I have many many containers of jam for the rest of the year. I should be able to make it until next summer but I can't be sure so I will probably have to make a couple more just to be sure!!!
I always use the freezer jam pectin that uses 4 cups of fruit and 1 1/2 cups of sugar or splenda!! It tastes the best and you have more fruit than sugar which is hasto be a good thing.
A little trick I learn because I prefer my jam to not have chunks is to puree the strawberries after you mash them before you put the sugar in. The package says don't puree but I do and it works great. My kids love it and look how bright and fun it looks on toast!!!
I hope everyone enjoys this Canada Day long week and gets a few strawberries to eat!! I think we are heading back for more on Saturday morning. You just need to have strawberry shortcake for Canada Day weekend!!!
Have fun and be safe!!!
HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!