CFB does National Strawberry Pickin’ DayPosted: May 20, 2011
Strawwwwbs! Bright and bulbous berries! The brilliant juxtaposition sweet and tart! The summit of summer snacking satisfaction! And perhaps most importantly, the object of the Charlotte Food Bloggers’ first field trip!
That’s right; we went berry pickin’, y’all! And what better day than National Strawberry Picking Day to tell you all about it?
We met up at Miller’s Farm in Fort Mill, SC, last Saturday, and promptly began rooting through bush after bush for the best berries. At Miller’s Farm you can buy picked berries or pick your own, and they also sell other freshly picked produce. We’re excited to head up again throughout the year to see the other fruits of the farm.
The weather was gorgeous, but even better than the sunshine (and the occasional clouds, a photographer’s best friend) was the company! Eight folks showed up to pick amid lots of camera snapping and chatter about food, photography, and recipes.
Vanessa was able to join us for the first time, and was the only one of us to get a photo of the cute puppy hanging around the produce stands (I think it’s a puggle). You can check out her recap of the day at her blog, Life Undeveloped.
Crosby, a budding photographer and all-around cool kid, was also able to join us. Crosby’s a junior in high school and we’re trying to convince him to become a food blogger. We’re a persuasive group.
Chic Diana from The Chic Life stayed hydrated with some coconut water as she picked, and then created a fabulous Strawberry Shortcake with Amaretto-Spiked Whipped Cream with her yield.
Julia of No Face Plate also made it to the fields with friend Erin (not a food blogger, but we’ll keep workin’ on her, too!)
Julie of Willow Bird Baking (a.k.a. me!) and Katie of Sweet Tater Blog also joined in the fun. Katie managed to collect more strawberries than actually humanly possible. She has crazy berry scouting abilities, perhaps related to the fact that she’d just hung out with a giant strawberry the weekend before.
Julie got a much smaller haul, but is nevertheless in the process of making a strawberry cream pie from a family recipe to be shared this weekend over at WBB.
Taylor from Taylor Takes a Taste was both filming and snapping photos as we picked. (Sidenote: I promise that pairing Taylor with Juicy the Pig was his doing and not mine! Though I kinda wish I’d thought of it first.) Here’s the fantastic video Taylor made of all the strawberry picking shenanigans:
And did you notice some of the food bloggers dressed for the occasion? Here’s our red group:
Our first field trip was a raging success, and we were already brainstorming new places to visit as we schmoozed with the farm animals on our way to the parking lot. Check out the blogs listed above for more great strawberry recipes in the coming days!
Other fun this week:
A few Charlotte Food Bloggers (Brooke from Baking With Basil, Vanessa from Life Undeveloped, Diana from The Chic Life, Lindsay from Lindsay Hess Photography, and Julie from Willow Bird Baking) were able to meet up at the CHOW DOWN UPTOWN FOOD TRUCK RALLY on Thursday to enjoy some of Charlotte’s food truck fare. Emma, another Charlotte Food Blogger, was there with her cupcake truck! It was a fun evening designed to generate excitement about the food truck scene, and another excuse to get together and eat. There was a rumor floating around that depending on the trucks’ success on Thursday night, they may make the rally a weekly affair. Hope it’s true!