My dad loved strawberries. Growing up, we had a huge patch —more than an acre — and us kids would pick the berries and sell them on the side of the road. At the end of the season, we each got $5 to spend at the fair.
If you find yourself reminiscing about that sweet aroma of strawberries basking in a sun-drenched field, you need to go strawberry picking. And take Dad along.
Thompson strawberry bread
— Recipe courtesy of Thompson Strawberry Farm
2 cups sugar
1 cup salad oil
1 Tbsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup quick oats
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups crushed strawberries
Beat eggs and sugar, add oil and vanilla. Mix in flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Add strawberries and mix well.
Pour into two greased and floured 4-by-8-inch bread loaf pans. Bake 1 hour at 350 F.
— A fun dessert to make for Dad.
2 or 3 quart mold or bowl (use a simple shape Jell-O mold)
2 cups vanilla (or chocolate) wafer crumbs
1/2 cup crushed almonds
4 Tbsps. melted butter
1 qt. strawberry ice cream
1 qt. chocolate ice cream
1 qt. fresh strawberries, sliced
Let the ice cream thaw slightly. Meantime, combine the cookie crumbs, almonds and butter. Press into your mold and freeze. Spread alternating layers of the two flavored ice creams and the fresh sliced strawberries over the crumb crust and freeze.
To unmold, dip the bottom of the mold in a pan of hot water and invert. Freeze until ready to serve. This is great served with a hot fudge sauce. Decorate with additional fresh strawberries.
Pick your own strawberries:
Apple Barn Orchard and Winery, W6384 Sugar Creek Road, Elkhorn. 262-728-3266, AppleBarnOrchardAndWinery.com
Blue Clay Berry Farm, 5154 Wisconsin Highway 50, Delavan. Open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for pick your own. 262-745-3720, BlueClayBerry Farm@ gmail.com
Skelly’s Farm Market, 2713 Hayner Road, Janesville. Pick your own from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 608-757-1200, SkellysFarmMarket.com
Thompson Strawberry Farm, 14000 75th St. (just west of Interstate 94 on Wisconsin Highway 50) in Bristol. 262-857-2353
Walvoord Farm Berries, 21618 Plank Road, Kansasville. 262-878-0488, Facebook.com/Walvoord-Strawberry-Farm
Sun Valley Strawberry Festival, June 25, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sun Valley Presbyterian Church, 1650 Sun Valley Drive, Beloit. Breakfast, lunch, entertainment, carnival games for kids, raffle baskets and a craft fair. A strawberry cookbook is also available for sale. 608-365-7547, SunValleyStrawberryFest.com