This year is the first that I'm actually noticing our little cul-de-sac garden produce enough for us to be hitting up the grocery store produce section much less frequently. Honestly, it's the most wonderful and addicting feeling. It makes me want to add to our garden space every year.
Just yesterday, I stumbled across a book at Costco about a couple, who bought a 500 acre farm and now they grow enough produce to provide for 100 people, who pick up their share weekly. This is the book. Have you read it? I started it last night and so far, it's great. The one on the right is also a book that I snagged up at Costco (I have a book problem). It's full of recipes specifically created for what's in season in our region. Love it.
So....I don't think we'll be buying a farm anytime soon, but our one raised bed full of strawberries has been very rewarding. We've been picking at least 20-30 berries each day and last night, I whipped up this quick Strawberry Sorbet for the kids, with fresh garden berries.
3 cups strawberries
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup heavy cream
1.Wash the berries, remove the green tops and dump them into a blender or food processor.
2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the sugar and water. Microwave 2-3 minutes, or until boiling.
3. Pour the hot sugar water over the strawberries and add the cinnamon. Pulsate the blender until the berries are almost completely pureed, but not overly smooth.
4. Add in the heavy cream and blend for a few more seconds.
5. Pour the mixture into a dish that freezes well, like a metal loaf pan or a muffin tin. Freeze the sorbet for a few hours before serving. When serving, run the bottom of the pan under hot water until the sorbet easily comes out.