Strawberry Fields Forever

It’s been a busy few days. Sarah and I have visited the (no longer a baby) Bei Bei panda at the Smithsonian National Zoo, brewed a new batch of kombucha, and purchased a set of mid-century modern chairs our living room. Yesterday, we found ourselves in Poolesville, MD. We had been throwing around the idea of finding a place to go fruit picking for a while and stumbled upon the idyllic, Homestead Farm, less than an hour drive from where we live. To say the farm is beautiful seems like it would be an understatement. With 230 acres at their disposal, the Allnut family is busy almost year round. We visited during strawberry season, but these guys grow quite the variety of pick-your-own fruit including apples, cherries, peaches, blackberries, blueberries. I spotted a fledgling X-mas tree lot as well.

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We ended up picking 6 lbs of vibrant, juicy strawberries before calling it a day. You can probably add a margin of error of +/- 1.5 lbs to that number simply due to my “one for the basket, one/two for me” tactic of picking. I’m proud to say that I did exercise much better self control compared to past berry procurement expeditions where I’ve stuffed myself silly and been forced to join the line of berry-picking newbies uncomfortably pacing and hopping around while waiting for the port-a-potties that seem to be smelling progressively more suspect. Berries have compounds that really aid digestion.

Now with a preponderance of rapidly ripening strawberries and a new SodaStream machine…

Strawberry Lime Fizz

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Ingredients:

  • Strawberries                    5-6, roughly chopped
  • Lime                                   2-3 medium sized, juiced
  • Sugar                                  1.5 T
  • Seltzer Water
  • Ice cubes

Place the strawberries, sugar, lime juice, and around 5-6 ice cubes into a blender. Blend the mixture until the texture is uniform. Fill a small drinking about half full with the mixture  and top it off with seltzer water. Garnish with a twist of lime. To really unwind, no one is judging if you want to add a shot of tequila.

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