Today is officially "National Pick Strawberries Day!" This past weekend, anticipating that I could celebrate on my blog, Jonathan and I headed to Gillis Hill Farm Produce in Fayetteville, N.C. to pick local strawberries that we turned into jam and an amazing strawberry cheese cake!
Keep reading for strawberry picking tips
STRAWBERRY PICKING TIPS
Strawberry season is in the summer. If you burn or get eaten alive by bugs, make sure you prep yourself with sunblock and bug spray.
THE BENEFITS OF LOCAL PRODUCE
Before I jump in to talking about the recipes, I wanted to tell you that shopping local has a ton of benefits and it is often much more affordable than people think. Here are my three main reasons why shopping local is the best option:
1: SUPPORTING THE LOCAL ECONOMY
2: SOME LOCAL FOODS CAN HELP WITH ALLERGIES
3: HELPING THE PLANET
STRAWBERRY JAM RECIPE
BEFORE THAT THOUGH: I'm bolding this because it is important. You're going to want to soak your glass jars and the lids in simmering hot water until you're ready to seal your jars. This allows them to expand and adjust to the heat of the jam!
On medium-high heat, bring your butter, fruit, and pectin to a rolling boil. After that, add in the sugar, stirring continuously. Bring it to a rolling boil again and boil the mixture for a minute before removing it from heat.
At this point, carefully add your jam to the glass jars and add the lid and screw lid. Make sure to seal this tightly. Turn your jars upside down for 10 minutes, then turn them rightside up. You should hear "pings" over the next 30-ish minutes. This means that your jam is sealed and ready to be gifted.
I'm giving jam to family members and coworkers!
Even with these changes, the cheesecake is fluffy, delicious, and made with local strawberries!
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN!
Today is "National Strawberry Picking Day," but you can celebrate any time this summer. Pack up the kids and take them out to your local strawberry patch. Support local farms!
If you're in Fayetteville, I really adored the Gillis Hill Farm Produce patch. They had the longest rows of strawberries I've ever seen! If you go see them, let them know you read about me.
Also, make sure to sample their Strawberry Cider. We brought home two bottles of it!