Its one of the best times of the year, strawberry season! From mid-January through February strawberry farms throughout Florida are bursting with beautiful, juicy strawberries begging to be picked and enjoyed.
Strawberries have almost always been one of my favorite foods (and ice cream flavor!). Growing up, during strawberry season my grandma and grandpa would stop in Plant City (pretty much the strawberry capital of Florida) and pick up a flat or two of fresh berries. The flats hold about 9-10lbs of strawberries, so it was a ton! My Grandma and I would wash and cut the strawberries together for the family to enjoy after dinner over a game of cards.
A couple Saturdays ago, Eric planned what he called a “Sadie Day” filled with activities that he knew I’d love, and strawberry picking was one of them. It was a wonderful day, and I felt so loved by him. Bekemeyer Family Farms is where we went strawberry picking. Its a family owned farm located in Winter Garden and it’s hydroponic, so you don’t have bend down to pick them (though, I’m not against that). We picked about 4lbs of beautiful, fresh strawberries. That night we had some of them with vanilla ice cream and it was amazing.
The strawberries are ‘U-Pick,’ so you pretty much grab a bucket and go to town! Right now strawberries is the only produce you can hand pick, but soon they will be opening it up to their blueberries, blackberries, peaches, and citrus plants. Anyways, here are a few snapshots of the spoils.