Some say we’ve lost touch with the land. We whizz around in cars, staring at glowing rectangles all day, and the natural world is at best, a disturbance, at worst, invisible. Not so! Harvesting your own food is simple, rewarding, and feels too good to be true. Anybody, even the blackest thumb, can grow strawberries and you’ll get the quickest and most rewarding harvest of any fruit crop. Unless you’re allergic to strawberries in which case I recommend beekeeping.
As my high school history teacher used to say, “What’s so big deal about strawberries?” Well…without substitute “strawberries” with French revolution and I guarantee he said it. The big deal about strawberries? They are delicious straight off the plant, it’s easy to spot which ones are ripe to pick, they can be eaten whole, and they are good in just about everything. Pancakes? Yes. Smoothies? Yes. Garnish on a grownup drink that you’ll spill over your mauve pantsuit as you gesticulate while discussing “that woman who moved into apartment 4A and has men over at ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT”? Definitely. [clears throat] Now then, who wants some strawberries?