Berry picking season has arrived! I am super excited. Be on the lookout for early strawberry varieties. I have even been buying Hoods for the past two weeks! Most berry growers I talked to at the farmers market last weekend said their berries are ahead of schedule by about 2 weeks. The heat this week should help them ripen even faster.
Here are a few tips when picking and using fruit from u-pick fields:
- Check out Pick Your Own or Local Harvest for a berry farm near you. Call ahead for availability and prices.In general, fields are picked heavier in the morning and on weekends.
- U-pick produce: 9 tips for picking success
- How to freeze berries and How to properly freeze fruit
- Picking berries with kids
- 35 ways to use summer produce
Outdoor grilling season. The end of school signals the beginning of summer. At least in theory. In the Northwest, June weather is such a mixed bag, but we’ve had a great run so far. Grilling outdoors often involves running back and forth in the rain holding a dinner plate over my head to check on the grill. That’s totally NW normal, right?
I will be baking up several batches of Homemade Hamburger Buns this month to pair with burgers right off the grill. A few weeks ago, I made hamburgers by grinding my own meat with my Kitchen Aid attachment. Seriously, some of the best burgers I have ever eaten. The bun recipe also work great shaped into hot dog buns. Make some for your first BBQ of the summer!
Finally, slugs. Sorry to save the worst for last. What are your best tips for dealing with Oregon’s State Pest? I am not having nearly as much trouble with slugs this year (but don’t even get me started on the rabbit population). More on non-toxic slug barriers later this week! From past comments, I think beer traps are hands down my favorite idea. Has anyone tried these? For some reason, I really like the image of myself hunting slugs in the early morning hours, wearing my bathrobe and carrying a can of cheap beer.
Leave a comment! What have you been working on in your home, kitchen, or garden lately? Where is your favorite place to pick or purchase berries?
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