After years of fantasizing about an all-you-can-eat strawberry bonanza, we have it!
A couple of weeks ago, after noticing robins eating the strawberries, we netted the tires.
It's worked beautifully, and the June-bearers are bearing in profusion. The ever-bearing are also dumping their load. Suddenly we are swimming in strawberries!
We go out about every other day and pick.
And still they keep coming.
Every single strawberry we don't eat, we're freezing. I love to make various desserts with strawberries, so these fresh strawberries will be ambrosia during the cold winter months when fresh berries are just a memory.
Today, for example, Younger Daughter and I went out and picked.
We ended up with my two biggest mixing bowls, chock-full.
Younger Daughter carried her bowl into the house and put it on the table. It wasn't until after she'd washed her hands that she realized one strawberry stem had threaded through her necklace. We agreed it was a very fashionable look.
I hulled all the berries.
It was like hulling rubies.
After washing and draining, I bagged everything up.
And how much did we pick, just today?
11.5 pounds (probably closer to 12, but we were all snacking on them). These went straight into the freezer.
I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up with 50+ of frozen strawberries by the time the season is over. Bonanza!!