On Saturday Mr. D and I took one of our road trips and we have been planning this one for quite some time. I honestly believe this trip started to develop last September when we returned to Rockingham, NC, for my 50th high school reunion. As we were traveling through the town of Ellerbe that is nearby, we saw the Berry Patch and remembered how good their strawberries taste. They are totally ripe and juicy with the sweetest most flavorful taste I have ever experienced. Now, I know I am not a worldly person but I have eaten lots of strawberries grown in North and South Carolina and these are just the best. We planned our trip around the production of the strawberries. I called the Patch a couple of weeks ago and asked when would be the best time to come. They said they were available every day but would not be picked if it had rained the day before. It had not rained at all during the week and we were so excited about getting our berries. Here is a picture of the berries and I wish I could share a taste with you.
Here are a couple of pictures of The Berry Patch located in Ellerbe, NC. We started visiting them when the only structure on the property was the huge strawberry.
The Berry Patch Produce, Ellerbe NC
We arrived early in the day, as our main goal of our trip was to buy fresh strawberries. We also treated ourselves to delicious strawberry ice cream. After leaving The Patch, we made a quick trip to Rockingham and on to Southern Pines. Southern Pines and Pinehurst are very pretty towns in the heart of the Sandhills with lots of unique shops and restaurants to visit.
As I prepared this blog post, I thought of the zillion different ways you can prepare strawberries. I found two pie recipes in my St. Peter’s Lutheran Church cookbook that I think would be so good. I might give the Strawberry Glaze Pie a try and substitute baking Splenda for the sugar. I think the strawberry pie using the condensed milk sounds good too.
If you aren’t a seasoned cook, you can prepare a yellow cake mix cake and serve it with the fresh sweetened strawberries and whipped cream. Yum, there isn’t anything better.
Even though I was tired when we returned home, I did spread the berries out into layers and put them in the refrigerator. However, I think they taste sweeter if I remove them from the fridge and serve them at room temperature. I know Mr. D and I will enjoy our special strawberries in so many different ways until they are all gone.
I hope you are enjoying this wonderful first fruit of summer. Thanks for stopping by.