It’s Straw­berry Sea­son here on the Shore

Sunday Star - - LIFE - By CON­NIE CON­NOLLY cconnolly@ches­pub.com

— Sweet har­bin­gers of sum­mer, straw­ber­ries make their an­nual ap­pear­ance in the Mid-Shore coun­ties at road­side stands, U-pick patches and back­yard gar­dens about the mid­dle of May.

U-pick straw­berry patches beckon kids and se­niors who long for the sweet, tart fla­vor of fresh, red berries that al­ways seem to taste bet­ter than store-bought berries from other ar­eas of the coun­try.

The re­cent abun­dant rains have af­fected the num­ber of berries be­ing pro­duced, so call ahead so see if a Upick field is open.

Whether you pre­fer to pick your own or buy a quart or two at a pro­duce stand, to sim­ply in­dulge your taste­buds at a nearby straw­berry fes­ti­val or cre­ate a new dessert or old fa­vorite in your own kitchen, you’re never too far from one of the de­lights of spring in Ch­e­sa­peake coun­try.

Here you’ll find lo­cal U-pick farms, straw­berry fes­ti­vals and recipes to sat­isfy your crav­ing for the lo­cal spring fa­vorite. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @con­nie_ star­dem.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF FAM­ILY AF­FAIR FARM

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