Some people wait all year for football season…or baseball season, but me? I’m a girl motivated entirely (or well almost entirely) by food. Strawberry season is one of my favorite times of year. There is only one season I look forward to more…pumpkin spice season. Strawberry season, though, is a very, very, very close second.
I love strawberry season because strawberry season means summer. It means summer nights at the river, flip flops, and Kline’s ice cream. Strawberry season also means I get to have my pick at the fabulous strawberry-starring snacks and goodies that are in abundance this time of year.
Juicy, ripe red strawberries piled high on a rich piece of buttery pound cake topped with a mountain of whipped cream.
Two pieces of fluffy white bread hugging creamy peanut butter and sweet, yet tart strawberry jelly in a lovingly delicious embrace.
A bowl of mouth-watering strawberries glittering with the lightest layer of sprinkled sugar.
I freaking love strawberries, and I’m getting hungry just thinking about them. I may—just may—have to take a break from this blog post to go eat some.
Can you see the pure joy on my face? Because it’s there, and now that I can focus all my strawberry-loving energy, I guess I need to finish this blog post.
Just down the road from my house, between Weyers Cave, Virginia and Grottoes, Virginia on Weyers Cave Road sits Middle River Farms, a delightful place where you can pick your own strawberries right here in the Shenandoah Valley. They are just five minutes off of the Weyers Cave/Grottoes Exit (235) on Interstate-81!
According to their website, Middle River Farms states that the prime strawberry picking season will be approximately one week from May 20th (next Tuesday). This delayed start can be attributed to the several cloudy, rainy days we have had here in our lovely Valley lately. You would have been able to pick strawberries this evening, Thursday, May 22nd, had you known Middle River was open because tonight was the kick off of their evening picking. Please note, Middle River Farms will be closed tomorrow, Friday, May 23rd, but they will be back up and running next week. For more information, visit their website: http://middleriverfarms.com/ Strawberry picking, as you might assume, is weather dependent!
Are you motivated to go pick some strawberries? Are you craving strawberries atop your cereal tomorrow and now need to run to the store? Have I wakened the strawberry-loving monster inside of you? If so, you’re welcome. 🙂
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