We own 125 acres on the Sweeney Rd. Though most is wetlands and woods, we garden as much of it as we can! I am including 2 family strawberry recipes. One from the kid's great-grandmother, the other from their great-great-grandmother (respectively).
Deluxe Strawberry Pie
9" pie crust:
Warranted Canned Strawberries
This method is the only means of preserving the peculiar flavor of the strawberries. This does make an excellent syrup for pancakes, yogurt, etc. You would want to use a modern canning method to seal jars, or this can be frozen.
Diane Romlein, Potsdam NY
Treasure in the Grass
No one had ever pointed the plants out to me, so I told no one I was eating them, crouching down in the tall grass, hidden from view, carefully removing my prize and putting them in my mouth, feeling wicked and naughty because I was not washing them. As a small girl, there was a field near my house on Wellesley Island that I would creep through in the summer, legs bare, spittle bugs smearing on my skin, on the hunt for my secret summer treat teeny, tiny, juicy, heart-shaped, wild strawberries, perfect for small hands and mouths. When I was picking wildflowers, I would show uncommon restraint by avoiding the pretty little white flowers with yellow specks, wanting the sweet fruit that was to come instead of the brief beauty of a stolen flower. The strawberries could never fill up my stomach, and the thrill of feeding myself from the earth kept me always searching for one more, just one more. Recently I went back, longing for a pea-sized strawberry or two, only to find my field now kept shorn, my memories mowed down and mulched, just a few hearty, sneaky plants around the edges, the renegade strawberries almost, but not quite, to small to taste.
Meredith L. Sullivan