July is has been berry season in our area of Wisconsin. The weekend of July 6-7 we went out to our friends farm to pick strawberries. Govin’s Meats and Berries is located in western Wisconsin. The Govin’s several years ago recognized the need for a quality pick your own strawberry patch. They have several varieties of strawberries each having qualities for taste, storage and usage. A couple of years ago I was out at the berry patch and John took me around the patch taste testing the berries. In the store a strawberry is a strawberry. But the strawberries at a berry patch have a wide range of sweetness and texture. And most importantly the berries are fully ripe in the field.
After picking four flats of berries we took the berries home and started freezing berries and making jams. I love a protein shake for breakfast to start my day. The frozen berries work great to thicken the shake. Laurel and I also made 2 different types of jam. We made some freezer jam which I add to unflavored Greek yogurt. The jam adds flavor and I also have control over the sugar quantity in the jam production. Fully ripened berries need less sugar. We also made a couple batches of cooked jam and some of those jars will be given away as Christmas gift as a taste of our hearts.
This weekend we went to a blueberry patch. Blueberry Hills Farm is a new berry farm. They have six different varities you could choose to pick. They also have about another six varieties they are experimenting with to see if they will work on their farm. As with the strawberries, we froze berries and made some jam.
These berry farms produce great tasting products. Everybody should take time to find a local food producer and go to their farm. Ask them if you could try the different produce they raise so you can see for yourself the wide flavors of food.