It’s strawberry season! It has been for a couple of weeks now actually, and I’d been itching to pick berries since the fields opened, but I had other commitments that I had to focus on first (primarily prepping for and taping a jam-making segment for 207, which aired this evening on WCSH channel 6 here in Maine). I knew I just had to be patient, but sometimes that’s so hard to do when it comes to things like local strawberries! Finally, on friday, the boys and I were able to get out to the fields, and my step mom Ann came along as well, which is always a treat for us. What a beautiful day it was! For the last few years I’ve picked at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough, which I’ve always really enjoyed, but unfortunately they are not doing “pick-your-own” this year. The good news is that we had a chance to try a new farm that my parents recommended–Fairwinds in Bowdoinham. What a great place! The fields, along the shores of Merrymeeting Bay, are extensive, and the berries were abundant and gorgeous. I managed to get about 10 pounds in my basket, but I always seem to need more berries than I can get in one picking (especially when I’m also making sure that little ones are not stepping on or sitting on strawberry plants). So, we went back on saturday for more–with Ben this time. We picked another 25 or so pounds, for jam and for the freezer. The weather was spectacular once again, and our pace was leisurely….and how lovely it was to be cooled by gentle, salty breezes off of the water while we picked in the hot sun!