strawberries

One of my fondest memories of my childhood is picking strawberries. My brother and I would wake early and drive with Grandma and Aunt Carole to the strawberry farms in surrounding counties. We’d spend the morning in the fields, harvesting boxes and boxes of berries. The afternoon was spent at Grandma’s house, washing, hulling, and chopping strawberries for her homemade jam. It’s been many years since my grandmother passed away, but I always am reminded of her when I am lucky enough to find strawberries. Sure, we import our fair share of California-grown January strawberries, but I try to avoid those for many reasons. Our weather here on Oahu is a bit too warm for large scale strawberry farming, but on Maui, the cool region of Kula is home to Coca Farms, which is in the perfect location to grow gorgeous, certified organic strawberries. At the farmer’s market I was happy to find these beauties alongside organic baby kales, collards, sorrel, and herbs.

    Gorgeous organic strawberries from Maui, a rare find at the markets on Oahu

Gorgeous organic strawberries from Maui, a rare find at the markets on Oahu

 

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