Strawberries were the first for our family in another way. They were the first crop we picked on our road to "putting-up" for the winter. They were the first item we placed in our new chest freezer a few years ago. The girls and I (well, Emerson and I...and Ophelia hanging out in the Ergo) picked forty pounds of strawberries one year, very excited about eating them in the winter, very excited about what would be next. But what was next was too many frozen strawberries in the freezer, devoid of their essence, robbed of their flavor. How was I to know?
Through trial and error, that's how.
So this year we enjoyed strawberries for what they are - fruit that are so lovely and ephemeral. Fruit that we enjoyed off the vine, on cereal, on salads, in dressings. In soups, in breads, in ice-cream, on shortcake, and in as many other ways as we could fashion until they were gone. And now they're gone.
But not entirely....
(And next year we are pickling asparagus!)