Sweet Strawberry

Posted on June 20th, 2017

I was in a little bit of a jam last week, we were down a trailer because it was being serviced and I needed to move our mini excavator to a friend’s house; I was helping him level out his front yard.  I called in a favor from the Rose’s next door and they let me borrow one of their trailers.  When I went and grabbed it, we took a walk over to check out the progress of their newly planted vineyard.  Each grape has this blue tube around them which protects the plant, makes them grow up towards the wire support system, keeps water at the root zone and creates a little greenhouse effect for each grape plant.  Pretty cool, now you know when you drive down route 139 and see all those blue things, there are grapes in there!    Walking back to the truck, I laid eyes on their strawberry fields, I couldn’t believe how many strawberries there were and so

many ready to pick.  I immediately started laughing thinking of Nora and her friend Theo.  Last year they went strawberry picking at Rose Orchards and Theo’s mom joked that they looked like extras in The Walking Dead.  I told this to Jon and Nate, then I quickly retracted my statement, “I mean of course they paid for all the strawberries they picked they wouldn’t have tried any”.  Maybe instead of weighing the container of strawberries picked they should weight the kids before and after they pick!

Every time Nora comes to the farm she has to check out Papa’s garden and see the strawberry plants. My wife kept telling her that it is too soon for strawberries but Nora, being a toddler, has to check for herself.  Our strawberry plants are pretty young and they will take a few years to become plentiful but it is amazing to teach Nora how to pick her own strawberries.  “We only pick the red ones, right?”  Nora is doing a pretty good job at not picking too many that aren’t ready.

Strawberries are Nora’s favorite and one of the few foods that we know she will never refuse to eat.
Now that strawberry season is upon us, I can wait for Nora and my wife to harvest their hearts out.  Sometimes it means daddy get one of my favorite desserts! Strawberry Buckle! Not quite cake and not quite cobbler, aka an excuse to eat it for dessert or for breakfast.  After a little persistence, my wife has let me share the recipe with all of you! Happy baking and happy strawberry season!!

Strawberry Buckle: 

Preheat the oven to 375

1/2 cup Smart Balance spread or other vegetable spread
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
21/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup French vanilla yogurt (we use stony fields farm)
2 pints strawberries cut up

Topping:
1/2 cup+ sugar
1/2 cup + flour
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup smart balance or other spread

Cream together 1/2 cup smart balance, 1/2 cup sugar, egg, 21/2 teaspoons baking powder. Stir in flour and yogurt a little at a time. Spread batter into a 9×12 Pyrex style pan and sprinkle strawberries over the top. In a separate bowl, combine softened 1/2 cup smart balance 1/2 cup + of sugar and 1/2 cup flour. Add cinnamon.

Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

** hint place a baking sheet under the pan in case the strawberry juice bubbles over.

Ryan Van Wilgen