September 16, 2014

Surprise Trip to the City Farm

Rich surprised me with a trip to Whittamore's Farm on my birthday! I guess after my endless ramblings about 1. wanting to go to a farm 2. how my garden is shit this year 3. how I love picking fresh produce, he decided this was the perfect little place to visit.
It was!

By the way, I'm pretty sure I was the only one wearing gardening gloves. 
But truth be told, there was no way I was going to reach into and around dark and moist vegetation. Not even for the most perfect gem of a fruit. 'Cause you know, bugs, guys.

Rich was clever though! He devised a plan and got me to bring two pairs (my textile gloves and my industrial leather work gloves) without me having even the slightest of ideas as to what they were really going to be used for. He told me his mum needed a new pair of gardening gloves and to bring mine to show her. Haha, it worked!

That, my friend is somekind of daddy long leg spider...with a possible egg sack. If it climbed onto my GLOVED hand, I would squrim. But it would be secret and silent and internal. A quick flapping motion would probably occur, but that would pretty much be it.

Now, if it had climbed onto my BARE hand, it'd be a sure bet that my scream/yelp would be loud and lots of flailing would ensue, paired with possible foot stomping and running on the spot. Embarassing. 
I love gardening gloves. I'm a huge wimp when it comes to bugs and spiders and insects.

We spent a couple of hours pick'n and taking pictures. Closing time creeped up on us, but we had a good amount of red berries picked already and it was starting to look like it was going to rain. We headed to the little cabins where our bucket was weighed, we paid and called it a day!

Although it was a little late in the season for summer strawberries, we still got a good bucket full of delectable fruit. They were all super ripe and full of sweet strawberry flavour. We couldn't help but to graze a little. Shhh..

Once we got home we ate as many as we could and then proceeded to process them for the freezer so we can have a little taste of summer through out the presumably crazy, colder than usual Canadian winter.

This is also when I decided to look at a couple of berries up close. Bad idea. Or good idea, I don't know because I spotted a worm or two. Nothing monstrous- they were tiny...but um, grosssssssssssssss. So I soaked the fruit in vinegar for 20 minutes, rinsed them multiple times and into the freezer they went. It makes me wonder how many crawlies I ate while "grazing". /shudder

We lined a baking sheet with parchment to easy removal and use this cool vintage strawberry huller that Rich found in the drawer to pinch off the leafy greens. So handy! I also tried using the straw method I saw on Pinterest to no avail. While it worked, the damn thing kept on bending and it was taking too long. 

I'm looking forward to possibly returning for autumn festivities. Hayrides and pumpkin picking!

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