There’s high anticipation on the bluff for strawberry season, with it kind of being the kickoff to the fruitful season that lies ahead for the farms here each summer. Strawberries are such a good crop to get your kids hooked on picking too, because the berries are big and it’s easy to fill a flat pretty quickly. It’s also the perfect opportunity for planning a fun and happy picnic to enjoy after picking.
It’s high time to head out to your favorite u-pick berry farm and make a day of it – berry picking, followed by a picnic in the strawberry field.
For a simple and tasty picnic, start with packing up some Turkey and Strawberry Jam Baguette Sandwiches:
- Slice baguette in half, down the middle making a top and bottom for your sandwiches.
- Cut the bread to any size length you want.
- Spread bottom with dijon mustard, top with turkey, sliced provolone cheese, arugula, spread strawberry jam on top half, and wrap. Or you can pack tiny jars of jam and spread on your sandwich when you’re ready to eat.
For a special treat, make Strawberry Piesticks in advance for your picnic:
- Roll out your favorite piecrustand cut into strips about 1.5″ wide x 4-5″ long.
- Carefully spoon or pipe strawberry jam down the center of half of the strips, leaving an open edge on all four sides.
- Wet open edge with water (you can do this by tapping your fingertip into a bowl of water and dabbing the water on the edge of each jam covered strip).
- Top the jam-filled strips with remaining pie crust strips and gently press edges together. Gently press all along edges with a fork to seal. Poke holes on the top of each piestick with a fork, allowing steam to escape while baking. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until the Piesticks are golden brown, approximately 15 minutes.
- Cool completely and pack for your picnic.
Pack a jar of Nutella for dipping the Piesticks and your fresh-picked strawberries!
Pack up some drinks, a quilt or two, and you’re ready to enjoy your day of berry picking and picnicking.
Wonderful canvas linen: Raw Material Designs.
Parchment paper: The Container Store.
IT'S ME, SERENA!
In 2002, I was dreaming of creating a fun and happy little event to sell my vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, I held my first event in my neighbor's barn along with a handful of friends. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces packed with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best event of its kind in the USA. I describe it as the best weekend of the year!