June 28, 2009

Strawberry Harvest at Maxwell's Pick-Your-Own Fields

OK, I got really excited about strawberries this year. They aren't worth eating from the grocery store (they're white in the middle!!), and so when local straws showed up at the Portland Farmer's Market, I snatched up a quart for... six bucks!

Well, turns out they're selling them at pick-your-own fields anywhere between $1.25/lb and $1.99/lb. So I headed down to Maxwell's in Cape Elizabeth today to pick my own bounty.

Maxwell's opened on Saturday, and the checkout girl told me they hope to get a good three weeks of pickin' out of their fields.

As you can see, I had lots of company on this rainy, grey day. But since it's been raining for the last forever, everyone just has to go about business as usual.

Now I'm going to see if they have any rhubarb at the market tomorrow, and put up some strawberry rhubarb jam. In the meantime, I think I'll have a mini-baker's challenge with my friend Liz and make a pound cake to top with fresh strawberries. Between that and all the lobster bisque I'm consuming, I really need to get to the gym!