The sun was shining. A little Spring warmth was in the air so I rode my bike over to my favoruite produce market and what did I see calling my name from out in front of the store?
A big sign that read "Organic Strawberries. 2 boxes for $5".
I collected a few other things but the thought of biting into a fresh, ripe juicy strawberry kept my attention. At last I gave in and bought them- along with yet more squash, more root vegetables and more apples (over the winter fare).
I put the strawberries in my basket and rode home. I washed a couple up and bit into one and.... ugh. It was awful. Sour and mostly tasteless. Not juicy at all. I began to wonder where in the world strawberries were actually in season as they certainly weren't in bloom here in Toronto. Ah- the box said California. Wait a minute...
As I read further down I noticed something else. The company was from California, the strawberries were from Mexico.
In a moment of weakness, a moment of great impatience for the sweetness of summer, I broke 3 of my 4 produce buying rules.
1. Local organic
4. Nothing from Mexico (it's a fertilizer issue)
I suppose I have learned my lesson and will just chill out until this Spring moves on and summer moves in- ripe with fresh, local, organic strawberries. And I was reminded once again to read the small print on food packaging.
What will I do with these two great big things of strawberries? I suppose I might try strawberry (almond milk) ice cream, or maybe a fruit crumble. Any suggestions?
Update: I ended up doing something delicious with them! Check this.