Beautiful strawberries are bountiful at La Colina Linda this season. Last year we moved our plants to a different field and added lots of compost in the fall and early spring. What a difference! Now customers pick up strawberries on "Curb-side Friday Farm Pickup" or on Tuesday afternoons at Murdale Shopping Center parking lot.
What to do with your certified organic fresh strawberries: Eating fresh is always wonderful, but also try them with the green parts and all in smoothies; eat them with our gluten-free, plant-based strawberry shortcake biscuits; enjoy on top of our high protein gluten-free, plant-based waffles; make strawberry jam; daiquiris are delicious with fresh berries, fresh lime juice, a simple syrup, white rum and ice whirred up in a blender, so refreshing.
Harvesting and eating strawberries are not all that we have been up to. We planted bush and pole beans, hibiscus bushes for envibotanicals.com, perennial greens and root vegetables, chamomile, and amaranth. We continue to harvest organic herbs and this week we will cut lemon balm, elder flowers and yarrow for blissoma.com and Our goumi berry bushes are full and we pick them to make syrup for baking and beverages, and to ferment wine and kombucha. We harvested all of our shallots to make room for a bed of cornflowers. Finally, we have our sour dough 10 inch pizza rounds once again for sale in the baked goods section. We can also cater a fully loaded plant-based pizza.
Kathy Ward and Jeri Kinser
Kathy is professor emerita of sociology and women's studies at SIU-Carbondale. She is currently farmer and co-owner with Jeri Kinser of La Colina Linda Farm. Jeri has been an educator of K-12 for 40 years specializing in instructional technology and bilingual education.