Strawberry Picking + Recipe

I recently checked off two items on my summer to-do list when I went strawberry picking and then baked a strawberry crumble from scratch! I had such a good time, and it was fun soaking up quintessential summertime activities.

My friends and I headed out early one Saturday morning to the mountains of Virginia to Hollin Farm. I’ve been to this mountainside farm for pumpkin picking, but it was the first time (since childhood!) that I’d been strawberry picking! One of the farmers explained that they grew five varieties of strawberries at Hollin Farm, and the patch that we picked strawberries from had only opened up that morning. I loved that we were the first people who got to pick these strawberries; straight from the vine!
It was a beautiful morning with stunning views of the countryside and mountains. The strawberries were plentiful and ripe, and it makes you really think about the strawberries you buy in grocery stores. The berries we picked were small, naturally sweet, and red all the way through – the way strawberries are supposed to be! I admit to having sampled just a few strawberries straight off the vine, and goodness are they heavenly.
We managed to pick quite a few berries, and I was shocked at how little they all cost. All I had to do next was to figure out what to do/what to make with my strawberry bounty!
I ended up dropping half of the fresh berries off for my friend who just delivered her baby, and with the other half, I made a homemade strawberry crumble. Absolutely delicious, and it couldn’t have been easier!
Oh and then I had so much fun strawberry picking, I went a week later with another group of friends!
Strawberry Crumble
adapted from food.com
2 pints chopped strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 375. Mix strawberries with sugar, and stir til the sugar is dissolved. Transfer to pie dish.
Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and melted butter; stir until combined.
Sprinkle mixture over strawberries and bake 30-35 minutes. Serve with ice cream or homemade cool whip, and enjoy!
Have you been strawberry picking recently? I was surprised to see how much later our berries came in up in Northern Virginia versus North Carolina. Any other favorite strawberry recipes I should try?

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