Sensational, sumptuous, seasonal strawberries! It is difficult to describe or do justice to what real seasonal strawberries taste like, unless you’ve eaten them fresh.
I love farm fresh fruit and vegetables because they are picked ripe off the tree, plant, bush or vine; at the right time of year.
It is the season for strawberries up here on the Atherton Tablelands; from July to November. The rich volcanic soil and climate are the right mix for cultivating this ripe, red juicy berry. Our small local supermarkets have them in stock. Upon seeing these little red beacons dancing merrily in shopping baskets, it alerted me, to the fact, that the season for strawberries had already begun.
Eating Strawberries & Ice Cream
Local Strawberry Farm
I didn’t waste much time. For the very next week I visited Shaylee’s Strawberry farm where I picked my own punnet/s. There are rules for picking your own strawberries. One obvious one, which can be tempting is: ‘no eating in the paddock’. Once you finished filling your punnet, you return to the main counter to weigh it and pay for your pick. There were three sizes of small, medium and large. The cost was $12.00 per kg for ‘pick your own’.
Pick Your Own Punnet
We just turned up and participated in the ‘Pick Your Own‘. There were tourists aplenty, all picking fresh-from-the-farm strawberries. If you don’t want to ‘ooh and aah’ while you’re walking through the rows, picking and discovering these little strawberry gems tucked under leafy bushlets, then you simply buy them at the Cafe. The little cafe has many kids and families enjoying gelatos and sorbets, after ‘having fun’ being a strawberry farmer. The farm boasts that: ‘Only the choicest fruit are grown and harvested only when fully ripe‘.
Strawberries are known as a superfood and an antioxidant; where it gets rid of ‘free radicals’. Our cells needs oxygen which creates energy for our bodies to work properly. But then it has a by product, aka ‘free radicals’. This is similar to excreting waste from our bodies; urine etc.,. The antioxidant fruits are known for doing a sterling job in exterminating waste build up and strawberries are one of the champion fighters from the berry family.
It is marvellous to eat fruit with benefits; all handpicked farm fresh strawberries at that!! Thank you Atherton Tablelands.