Wednesday, April 4, 2012

New Farm Game!

A new season is about to begin and I'm playing games - on my blog!  Catch up is where I post all the pictures I meant to post last season and am finally sharing with you.  This season I will try to be more diligent :)  I'll post a few pictures each day till opening - and throw in a few "getting ready for the season" ones so you can see what we're doing "down on the strawberry farm.

Speaking of seasons, it's almost here!!!! Jeff was out showing a friend the field yesterday, and saw a berry turning light pink - oh, my - it's anybody's guess when we open.  Speaking of guesses - when do YOU think we'll open?  Send me your predictions on our fb page just for fun.

Aren't these kiddos darling?  She got all dressed up in a beautiful strawberry outfit to come to the farm.  
Josiah found a great big one!


Daisiy Girl Scouts had a field trip, but it poured rain that day.  Some of them waited the rain out at the observation beehive and later, when the skies cleared, picked strawberries.
  The Daisy Girl Scouts lent Farmer Jeff one of their umbrellas 

Oh, here's a wonderful recipe - I used to find these at the "Christkindl" market in Frankfurt, Germany - only not one strawberry on a skewer, but 5 or 6.  They were delish!

Glazed strawberries are fresh berries coated with a shiny candy shell, and they make a gorgeous decorative addition to a fruit platter, fruit tart, or berry cake. They are also delicious on their own, and this glazing recipe can be used to coat orange slices, grapes, or a variety of other fruits. Be aware that this candy should be enjoyed within an hour or two of preparation, because the moisture of the fruit quickly makes the candy shell become sticky.
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, stems on


1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Wash the strawberries and dry them carefully.
3. Prepare an ice bath by placing ice and cold water in a bowl large enough to hold your intended saucepan.
4. Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Insert a candy thermometer, and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
5. Continue to cook, without stirring, until the temperature reaches 300 degrees on the candy thermometer. During this process, which can take from 10-20 minutes, wash down the sides of the saucepan occasionally with a wet pastry brush to prevent crystallization.
6. Once the candy has reached 300 degrees, remove the pan from the heat immediately, and immerse the bottom in the prepared ice bath to stop it from cooking any further.. Do not let the ice water get into the candy!
7. Once the candy has stopped cooking (look for the bubbles to stop rising from the bottom of the pan), you can begin to dip your berries. Holding a strawberry by the stem, dip it until it is almost submerged in the candy. Be careful not to touch the candy, as it is very hot and can cause dangerous burns. Remove the berry from the candy and allow the excess to drip off the end. Turn it a few times to ensure excess candy is removed, then place it on the prepared, oiled baking sheet.
8. Repeat with remaining berries and candy. Allow the candy to set at room temperature, and serve berries within an hour or two of their preparation.

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