Monday, June 25, 2007

Ode to local strawberries

On Saturday morning, Sarah, Michael and I tried to make it to the Moss Street Market in time to hear the start-up bell. We didn't make it (because of a coffee detour), but when we arrived shortly after 10, we joined the first line up we saw. Why? Local strawberries! It turns out that other vendors were selling strawberries too, but we're sheep. We saw a line-up and we stood in it. And the strawberries were worth the wait (even though this vendor would only sell one basket per customer).

Friends, I'm just going to go ahead and say it: I don't think there is anything better than local strawberries (this includes those picked from your own garden, obviously). Lydia, I know you're with me on this. Sometimes I think I'm exaggerating their goodness, but when I have my first local strawberry of the year (those underripe ones from 2 weeks ago don't count), all doubts disappear. They are so good that I was actually sad while I was eating them: the seaon is too short! How much longer do I have? Should I eat a basket a day? Can a person eat too many strawberries? Will I ever be satisfied? I feel a little short of breath thinking about it.

I'm going to Saskatoon on Friday, and my dad has promised me strawberries from the garden. Combined with the fact that Michael and I are going home to meet our new baby nephew (Jen and Tim's son Kaden), this vacation is going to be hard to top.


Anonymous said...

I had locally-grown REAL Ontario strawberries yesterday and they were incredible! So deeply saturated with that beautiful colour, taste and texture. Those painted cardboard monsters we eat for 10 months of the year should not even be called strawberries. Shameful imposters.

Erin, I may see you at the Saskatoon Airport on Friday! I get in at 1:45 pm. Have a great holiday if I don't see you!
Erin C.

Anonymous said...

Can a person eat too many strawberries?

Yes. Our digestive systems do nothing with the seeds, btw. It can turn into bathroom ugliness relatively quickly, if you know what I mean.

Have you tried them chocolate covered? You know, for important taste-comparison reasons? If you decide to go this route, make sure you use Lindt milk chocolate or some reasonable facsimile.

I think the same tastiness is true of tomatoes. Home grown or locally grown is delicious fruit. The other stuff is cardboard.

Erin Riley said...

I ate some with dark chocolate on the side today; I think I may have to try it again tomorrow, just to make sure it is as good as I think it was.

The comparison to tomatoes is dead on! Also, both are especially good when they have been warmed by the sun. No refrigeration!

robyn. said...

a few short days after reading this post and getting supremely jealous, i thought my prayers has been answered.

all english schools get free fruit for every child aged 3-7 and what appeared on my table? 5 boxes of fresh, small, ruby red strawberries! it said on the box that they were picked 2 days before and came from a farm about 5 miles away. HUZZAH!

but unfortunately it was not to be. i actually spat out the strawberry i placed in my mouth. it was hard and sour and slightly bitter. i was deceived.

i'm still supremely jealous.