Maryland residents always look forward to the summertime thanks to the abundant fresh produce reaching peak season. Fans of the strawberry season can gather a few they may have grown in their own garden, or head to a local farm to pick up some fresh berries! It’s a great way to spend some time with family or friends, support local farms, and bring home tasty fresh strawberries for a great deal.
Check out this resource at pickyourown.org to find a farm in Maryland for strawberries, plus options like blueberries, cherries, blackberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, and more throughout the coming months. While currently you aren’t able to pick your own at these farms, they are selling freshly harvested produce. Given the COVID-19 situation, please refer to each business’s webpage for more information on safety procedures and hours of operation.
Summer and Strawberries Go Together
Your strawberries are sure to be delicious as is, or maybe you prefer them with whipped cream. If you visit a farm and end up with a ton of strawberries, there are plenty of recipes and different ways to enjoy them! Make preserves, chocolate-coat them, freeze and use in smoothies, plus so much more. If you like your strawberries in a sweet treat while enjoying them fresh, check out this quick and easy recipe from Taste of Home. It’ll be perfect for taking out on the deck on a warm summer evening.
Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie
Total time: 35 min Yield: 8 servings
- 1 sheet refrigerated pie crust
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup water
- 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
- 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
- Whipped cream, optional
- Unroll crust into 9-in. pie plate. Trim edge. Line unpricked crust with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil or parchment. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Refrigerate until slightly cooled, 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, arrange strawberries in the crust. Pour gelatin mixture over berries. Refrigerate until set. If desired, serve with whipped cream.
Nutrition: 1 slice: 264 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.
Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home
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