Thursday, April 23, 2009

Strawberry season is here! It's the best, and tastiest, part of spring for me. We've enjoyed several baskets over the last few weeks as the season inches toward its peak. How happy I was to find the 'cosmetically challenged' berries available at yesterday's Farmers market.
Cosmetically challenged berries are fully ripe and delicious in every way. They are just not the premium berries you would select for dipping in chocolate. As such you do not have to pay a premium price. Once they are washed, hulled and cut up, there is not one bit of difference in flavor or appearance.
I got busy this morning and turned my bounty into 6 pints and 20 half pints of jam with just a few berries left over to enjoy with some yogurt for tonight's dessert.
I just love the seeing those jars lined up as they cool on the counter. We'll be enjoying the strawberry season long after the last berry has been picked.
Looks like I've got a red theme going here. Today's 'Quilt From The Top of the Closet' is the Red Quilt by Renee Plains of Liberty Star.
No label on this one. You might think I'd be ashamed. But I'm not.

36 comments:

Milah said...

I love strawberries.
I love making jam.
I love red.
And I love that quilt!
;D

Darlene said...

Strawberries - YUM!!!

Hey I made that quilt earlier this year. Need to quilt it soon. Love yours!

Karen said...

Strawberries are my absolutely #1 fruit to eat! My parents used to have a big strawberry patch. It was delicious to eat the strawberries right out of the garden warmed by the sun. I bought some of the old fashioned strawberry baskets at a thrift shop recently. Don't know what I will do with them. They are so much nicer to look at than the plastic crates they use now.

Miss Snips said...

Ha! the quilt looks like the jars of jam all lined up, the colour, at least in the pictures of both are quite close. Id call it a strawberry jam quilt!

Finn said...

Beautiful berries and equally beautiful jam *VBS* Just think how good that will taste when those cold winter winds howl!
Love the "Day in the life of a simple girl"...awesome idea and photos. Lots of red...all good!! Hugs, Finn

Lea said...

Awwwww.... I was gonna go to the farmer's market! I missed those yummy strawberries.... :-(

I always enjoy to see your canning process.:-)
and your red scrap quilt is just lovely!!!

Julze said...

Yummmmm....homemade strawberry jam!! You'vegot my lipssmacking...LOL!

Fiona said...

You've inspired me - we grow raspberries but I've never made any jam with them. I'm going to give it a go this year (though I'm thinking maybe 3 or 4 jars, I think I'd have to build myself up to you levels of productivity!)

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

You're so lucky to have fresh berries. Right now we only get shipped-in ones, and they don't have that great garden flavor. It'll be a couple months before our local berries are ready. In the meantime, I can only wait.....

Love the red quilt!

Carol said...

I love strawberries and that jam, YUMMERS! I'm on my way for toast and jam. Oh I LOVE that quilt!!!

Quilt Hollow said...

Oh...I love homemade strawberry jam! Wish the postage wasn't an arm and a leg or I'd have to pester you for some!! Then....OMG that red quilt....I love it! You never disappoint!!

dee said...

Wow Libby, that quilt is gorgeous.
Yummy jam...mmmmmm. Not only tastes delicious but it makes the house smell like heaven

KC Quilter said...

Mmmmmm...strawberries. Doesn't get any better. One of DH's favorite pies in strawberry cream cheese pie. Soon......

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Thanks you for sharing photos of the very fruit of my soul, I can just smell them... :) God's very (berry) best bounty.

ranette said...

I love that red quilt and my mouth actually watered looking at the strawberries and your jam! :o)

Sweet P said...

I love strawberries, but I've never made strawberry jam. Can you share your recipe? Maybe I'll give jam a try.

The Quilt Buddy said...

I miss strawberry picking season! Did you go and pick those yourself?

How could you ever go wrong with a red quilt?

anne bebbington said...

Here's to cosmetically challenged strawberries - just right to combine with Mrs M's rhubarb on http://magpiefiles.blogspot.com/

You two should get together :o)

Judy said...

I like strawberries, but they give me hives if I eat too many. They do look yummy though!

Quilt Memories said...

Strawberries are my very favorite fruit. I have never made any jam , but yours looks delicious. Love your red quilt also.

Marilyn R said...

I wish I could reach through the screen and eat some of those yummy strawberries! Farmer's markets don't start up in my part of the contry for at least another month. I bought some strawberries at the grocery store last week. They just didn't taste as yummy as they looked. Love the red quilt too!

Guðrún said...

Strawberries, ummmm, it makes my hungry to look at them.

gwen said...

The jam and the quilt are great together and I bet each on its own too! I love strawberry jam and I try to cook some each year but not as much as you did though! Take care.

Candace said...

Your jars remind me of our countertop in summer when I was a child, Libby! My favorite part was waiting to hear the lids seal in the water bath when canning and helping to melt the paraffin for jams and jellies! What a great quilt - I love the red background!
Cheers!

Stephanie D. said...

Little jewels sitting on the counter! Little edible jewels! Yummmm!

Janet said...

I used to live near berry farms where you could pick your own or not and the jam ones were reasonably priced. Over here in Oz, they are too expensive for me to do jam. The jars look pretty and so does the gorgeous quilt. Love red!

paula, the quilter said...

You could almost name that quilt "Strawberry Jam" it just goes with the strawberries. I have not even started to get into the garden. We can not really plant anything until Mother's Day. That is the general rule for last frost date around here. Farmer's Market doesn't start until May, either.

Catherine said...

All those jars of strawberry jam on your counter -- oh, how I wish it was strawberry season here already!
The quilt is lovely -- looks like it was made to be shown on a day when strawberry jam jars are filled!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Stop it! Just STOP IT! Oh those strawberries are killing me. Oh man they look good. It will be anohter month and a half before we get them here.

Stina said...

Already strawberries...ahhh..Libby ... you know... had the same problem last year... started to long for strawberries just to early....seeing your pictures... you know..still snow on the lawn here..:o)

Susie said...

You've certainly put those strawberries to good use. I often find that the ones that are not as pretty are a bit riper and sweeter than the more perfect ones.
xo

Wendy said...

Yummy homemade jam is the best. The red quilt is wonderful. I love her patterns.

Quilter Kathy said...

Yummy red day...berries and quilts!

Jeanne said...

Those strawberries look delicous! I love seeing the jars of canned goods on the counter, too. That quilt is a winner, also.

QuiltedSimple said...

Oh those strawberries look yummy! And I love the red quilt - very pretty!
Kris

Sue said...

I can't remember where I read it, but I read an article that said the fruits and veggies that don't look the best are actually better, have more nutrients and better taste. All these years I've thought the prettiest, largest unscarred fruit and veggies were the best, but now that I think about it, those little strawberries are usually the sweetest.