Biodynamic Strawberries

My son Soren and I recently went on our annual strawberry picking.  We returned to Whitted Bowers Farm, a biodynamic farm located just north of Durham, NC.  To learn more about this farm please visit:

http://www.whittedbowersfarm.com/Site/About_the_Farm.html

According to http://www.biodynamics.com/biodynamics.html, “Essentially, biodynamic farming and gardening looks upon the soil and the farm as living organisms. It regards maintenance and furtherance of soil life as a basic necessity if the soil is to be preserved for generations, and it regards the farm as being true to its essential nature if it can be conceived of as a kind of individual entity in itself — a self-contained individuality. It begins with the ideal concept of the necessary self-containedness of the farm and works with furthering the life of the soil as a primary means by which a farm can become a kind of individuality that progresses and evolves.”

If you love organics then biodynamic offers an even more incredible experience for the taste buds and nose!  One of the things I noticed about the strawberries the life energy they gave up to us, their rich red and their truly juicy aroma and taste.  Our hands were red from picking and our stomachs satisfied from eating a few along the way. We picked about 20lbs.

Once we returned home I proceeded to separate the strawberries into those to be frozen, those to be eaten over the next few days and those to made into a no sugar strawberry jam.

To freeze: After washing and removing the stem each strawberry is placed on a cookie sheet or the like and then once the tray is full, the tray is placed in the freezer. Once frozen the strawberries are packed away in freezer bags.  Typically I put in enough to make a batch of smoothies.

The next day I made no sugar strawberry jam utilizing a no sugar pectin. The jam turned out great and I loved not having to put in any sugar.  We eat the jam with peanut butter or almond butter or by itself on our homemade bread.

Over the next few days we enjoyed eating the fresh strawberries and also had a night of strawberry shortcake with freshly whipped organic whipping cream.  Mmmmmmmm!

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