I made our first strawberry harvest of the season this afternoon.
I keep track of how many pounds we harvest each year. Last year was not plentiful in the strawberry department. We got only 59 lbs. as a total. This year is looking better as this first picking was 11-1/2 lbs. I think that's the most I've ever gotten from a first picking.
Our daughter took some, we ate some and the rest are now in the freezer for use in our smoothies in the coming months. That's kinda utilitarian (the ones for smoothies) in my book, but the next picking is destined for a big Strawberry Shortcake and some strawberry fruit leather for a little guy who has been waiting for a new supply ever since we ran out a few months ago. When he was here last week, he asked me to show him where the fruit leather would be in the pantry when it was ready. Oh, the eager anticipation!