• Cooking,  Local Products

    Minnesota Strawberry Round-Up

    Today marks the 13th day in a row I’ve had fresh strawberries for at least 2 meals a day. If case you haven’t been to the farmers’ market or stopped by a Minnesota food blog lately, we’re in the middle of strawberry season right now across the state. We’ve been out to pick twice now, stuffing our faces and the corners of our freezer with berries. Today I thought I’d share a round-up of the strawberry recipes from the archives and a sample of some of the gorgeous things my fellow Minnesota food bloggers are making with their berries. Don’t forget to pass along links to your favorites in the…

  • Canning,  Cooking,  Farm Visits

    Strawberry Freezer Jam – Video Update

    Minnesota strawberry season opened this week and the berries are begging to be picked. This morning I stopped out to Afton Apple Orchard in Afton, Minnesota and picked 30 pounds of strawberries for freezer jam, pies and fresh eating. The berries are ripe and juicy from the rain we’ve had this year.  There’s nothing that says “Hello Summer” like a morning in the berry patch followed by an afternoon in the kitchen making jam. Here’s a quick video update of my day today and a 3 ingredient recipe for your own strawberry freezer jam: Strawberry Freezer Jam – Minnesota Locavore from Amy Sippl on Vimeo. Strawberry Freezer Jam Ingredients 4…

  • Cooking

    Strawberry Season

    Strawberry season has arrived Minnesota. Bet you weren’t expecting it this early! Picking started almost a full two weeks ahead of last year and average seasons. Today the kitchen partner and I are processing a flat of berries from our picking on the weekend. It’s a much cooler day to be making jam than yesterday! If you’d like to get in on the short berry season (3-4 weeks depending on weather), it’s best to pick this week or next. With the heat we’ve had, berries will ripen quickly and be less stable once picked. Here’s info from a Find it Local Friday: Strawberry Post from last year about Twin Cities…

  • Cooking,  Foodies

    Strawberry-Rhubarb Breakfast Bars

    5 good  grand things happened in the last week: 1. We harvested our first meal out of the garden. Well, sort of a meal. I snipped some stems from our orange mint plant and made “Mason Jar Mojitos” on Friday after work. Don’t judge me. I promise it’s almost a meal. 2. I had a chance to visit with Brenda Langton from Spoonriver and the Mill City Farmers’ Market about her new cookbook. (Check out an extended post of our interview!) When staking out my own little claim of the local food world, I never dreamed I’d chat with amazing and inspiring people like her. So much good work going on in…

  • Cooking

    Dark Days Challenge: Honey Shortbread with Strawberries

    Happy 2nd Day of Spring!  At least now the season will match the warm weather we’ve had. There’s only one more week left of the Dark Days Challenge, a fitting change since my mom reported their rhubarb popped up this week. The dark winter days are on the way out. Before we all know it the farmer’s market will be full of goodies and we’ll be in the brightest days of local eating. Today I thought I’d try my hand at one more entirely local dessert. The maple sugar candies from earlier in the challenge was my only sweet-tooth item posted during the challenge, so this time something fruity was…

  • Cooking

    ELC Day #30- State Fair Strawberry Shake

    For anyone who has taken on the Eat Local America Challenge, a big component of the diet is finding all the things you love to eat within a few hundred miles. The best locavores learn to not see it as a “sacrifice” or “giving up” all the good things. Instead, they celebrate the small victories that come with finding a new producer, a new shop, or a new local food. When I’m out-and-about and spot the Minnesota Grown sticker on an untried food, (and the kitchen partner can attest to this) I’ve been known jump up and down with excitement. The same thing happened last year when we visited the…

  • Canning,  Cooking,  Gardening

    The Last of June and Strawberry Mint Popsicles

    Can you believe June is over? Really? I don’t like to complain about summer being 1/3 or so in the books, so instead I thought I’d share a few highlights from the month followed by another strawberry recipe. It’s a popsicle perfect for what’s shaping up to be a steamy 4th of July weekend. 1. Dinner on the Farm June started with a visit to Crandall’s Garden Farme in Ramsey, MN, complete with Sebastian Joe’s ice cream. Ended up with great posts on 20food.net about the event. 2. The Little Acre Grew and Grew and GrewAll of the garden space was planted by early June. It was a late start,…

  • Cooking

    Strawberry Maple Cream Tart

    Finally made it out to the strawberry patch this weekend to treat myself to three flats of ripe red berries.  Although the season has been slow to start, the strawberries we picked were large, juicy, and sweet.  If you haven’t been out to the patch, it’s not too late. Many pick-your-own sites waited out the last week’s cool temps and rain to start picking. Most of our berries found their way to the freezer for this winter. 25 bags in total. It’s the easiest way to prepare a local smoothie (or daiquiri) in mid-February.  Freezing strawberries is simple: thoroughly wash, remove tops, slice in half and pack in quart bags.…

  • Eating,  Local Products

    Find it Local Friday: Strawberries

    Between the gorgeous weather this week and swapping out the old laptop for a new one, there hasn’t been much time to spend writing this week. I keep asking myself, “how’d it get to be Friday again?” A better question is “how’d it get to be strawberry season?” With the cooler start to spring I had thought 4th of July weekend before we’d see ripe strawberries. But with reports from both the St. Paul Farmers’ Market and Minnesota Grown, this weekend marks the opening for strawberry picking at many sites around the state. Pick-your-own strawberries are a memory in nearly every summer of my life. Growing up I went with…