Saturday, 30 May 2009

'Tis the season

Strawberry picking season, that is.


Yes, it's still a bit early but the sun and rain seem to have brought the crop on, on the South Coast at least. We smothered our pale skins in suncream yesterday and headed here along with hordes of other people, to gather more strawberries than we could eat. (And believe me, Tall Small and I can eat a LOT of strawberries.)


I remember picking strawberries when I was little - it's the first time the girls have been but they soon caught on, and were very selective about which fruits they put in their punnets. There's nothing like eating strawberries you've picked yourself, especially if they're still warm from the sun. On the allotment we've set up a little seating area right next to the strawberries and raspberries so we can do just that. Yum.


See what I mean about early season? A profusion of green berries, carrying the promise of a delicious summer harvest, but still we managed to collect more than enough for our tea.


Roll on summer - though now I'm thinking I need to net my own crop sharpish!!

28 comments:

  1. How lovely.

    A friend and I were just talking the other day about taking the kids berry picking. Although that is several months away yet I guess!

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  2. I love strawberry picking. Our local PYO is where Princess C-W climbed out of the pushchair for the first time.

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  3. I can't believe how many berries are there! What a delicious haul.

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  4. Wow I'd forgotten it was so soon - we can't pick until July here. Interesting that the girls are selective about which strawberries make the grade...I took the children last year and I believe my son ate his own body weight in whatever he could find. Mostly strawberries, I hope.

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  5. Yum! I agree there's nothing better than PYO strawberries. K x

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  6. It's a few years since I've been to a PYO... I want to go now!

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  7. I'm getting really excited about my strawberry crop after last years bumper crops - I can hear the jam calling me!!! And the flat scones too! Lucy x

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  8. Our farm says a couple more weeks before they let us in the field. They are selling ready picked though. Mmmmmm.

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  9. Hurray for strawberry picking season! It's such a lovely time of year - your pictures show that so well and thanks for the netting reminder - ours are only just coming into flower but we better start to think about it or we won't be picking any later!

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  10. A good portion of my crop got munched on by slugs when we were out of town -- waaaah! More to come, though...

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  11. What a lovely harvest of pretty strawberries!

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  12. Oh lovely fragrant strawberries, they are not ready up here in the cold north just yet.

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  13. you know... I have never taken the boys to pick strawberries...

    shame on me.

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  14. we had strawbs and cream for pud tonight - yummmmm! roll on summer!

    xx
    word veri is uncybug!!! dont know why but it tickled me!

    x

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  15. Juicy red strawberries and shiny pink wellies. The perfect combination.

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  16. The husband and I were only taking about P-Y-O this morning! I haven't ever been you see, but I love the idea. Think we may be brave and have a go in a few weeks time.

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  17. Oh Yum! Those strawberries look delicious. I'm feeling a strawberry shortcake craving!

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  18. I can't rememeber the last time i went to a PYO - very jealous, especially as the nearest I get in this fair (?) city is PYO punnet from the shelves at Sainsburys!

    xxx

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  19. Strawberries are going to be my success crop this year! I've loads of green ones, protected from hens and dogs!
    (Actually, they will be my only crop...)

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  20. I need to go berry picking. The strawberries I bought from Morrisons yesterday were rubbish. I need farm fresh!

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  21. Perfect, hand picked strawberries. delicious Jane x

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  22. Nothing like strawberry time...enjoy! I've not done PYO in years... I would love if we had our own strawberry patch in the garden one year...working on it! Nice to catch up with you now we're returned from our trip. Thanks so much for your lovely comments--much appreciated. :o) ((HUGS))

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  23. I remember taking my eldest daughter when she was a toddler to a PYO farm in Devon, she ate twice as many strawberries as she picked and then decided to sit on all the plants!
    We have persevered and carried on strawberry picking, you can't beat the taste of freshly picked fruit! Good luck with your crop
    Kimx

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  24. Oh! Lovely. I love strawberries. Ours are only just in flower here, so it'll be a while yet before we can go picking.

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  25. Yummy! When I was the small cookie's age I used to eat strawberries until I came out in spots, even that didn't put me off wanting more :-)

    We harvested our first strawberry last night. Picked in the dark by torchlight and ceremoniously cut in half so we both got a taste. 'Gariguette' - fab flavour!!!

    Celia
    x

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  26. Oh, I used to love strawberry picking! Wer'd eat more than we brought home. It looks like you had such fun!

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  27. A favourite occupation of this house too, our local pyo isn't advertising yet, won't be long though! Yum!

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  28. Such sweet little berry-maids - I hope that some strawberries made it safely home!

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