THE STRAWBERRIES ARE HERE!
Yesterday Ellie and I ran up to Walnut Drive Gardens and snagged 8 quarts of pre-picked berries. Pre-picked you ask. What the heck? Yea, well a one-month old makes the rules these days and she wasn’t too interested in picking berries. The plan is to hit the patch with Ellie in the sling later this week with Diane.
In the meantime pre-picked will do in a pinch. And thanks to our friend Mary for the big bundle of rhubarb. The first jam of the season – Strawberry Rhubarb!
I macerated the 1 1/2 lbs. of rhubarb with some sugar overnight so it would soften up and get juicy. I added the rhubarb to 3lbs of berries and a little more sugar along with the juice and zest of a lemon (natural pectin!). Then I put Ellie in the sling and we got to jammin’.
Mmm. Strawberry rhubarb is a classic combination for good reason – not only are they the first two fruits to come into season but it is a delicious pairing!
Stop at see us this weekend at the Haymaker Farmers’ Market for some of the first jam of the season!