Every summer, we hope that our travel schedule allows us to be in Nantucket around the wonderful, but short, strawberry picking season. It was our good fortune that the season was late this year due to the long, hard winter Nantucket endured. There must be magic in that island dirt–or maybe its just sand? Either way, it produces the most magnificent strawberries and tomatoes and corn and flowers and lettuce…I could go on and on. It’s all just SO good.
My kids love this activity and it is such a fun thing to do as a family. On Nantucket, Bartlett Farms is our spot and it provides everything a good family activity should:
Exercise – It’s a short but manageable walk out to the field, even for small children.
Scenic – The farm is so green and lush, especially next to the bright blue sky that we enjoyed when we were there. On the way out to the strawberry fields, you pass rows and rows of beautiful lettuce greens of all kinds. You can even catch a glimpse of the ocean just over the horizon.
Educational – It provides a great opportunity to talk to and show your kids about the whole farm to table concept and that food–especially the best, freshest food–comes from the ground and doesn’t just magically appear in a grocery store.
Delicious – We love finding new recipes for the strawberries that we bring home. I must admit though, a few of the strawberries end up in the kids’ mouths before we even leave the field.
The only bad thing about strawberry picking season is that it ends. While strawberries can be found all year round in those little clear plastic containers at the grocery store, they are just not the same as those sweet luscious berries picked straight from the vine. Ahhh..if only strawberry fields were forever.
For those of you on Nantucket now, I just got an email from Bartlett Farms that they expect to have strawberries through this weekend but it may be the last. A quart basket is $5 and it is some of the best $5 I’ve ever spent!
Here are some nice recipes with strawberries that we have tried from the fruits of our labor (pun intended), although the best recipe of all is just a bowl full of strawberries with a dollop of homemade whipped cream. Enjoy!