I’m a California girl born and bred, so god knows I’ve eaten probably 100 pounds of strawberries in my life. This state was made for strawberries, and every summer our farmers markets are filled with endless rows of glowing red berries, begging to be nibbled by every passer-by. You can’t set foot in this state without eating a strawberry. I think I read somewhere that it’s the law.
Given my strawberry predilection, I was invited to attend a farm tour in Monterey to celebrate California Strawberries and all the farmers who sweat in the fields, tending their crimson crops. I got to see folks hard at work, picking row after row of berries, and learned more than I ever thought possible about this little red fruit. Like, did you know that strawberries will leapfrog across a field, dropping runners all over the place, until a single plant’s genetics dominates a whole patch? That’s assuming there’s only one plant – in reality there are many plants, and they can create a tight web of strawberry plants that will fill a space corner-to-corner.
That’s why I spent the weekend hanging out with a bunch of other California strawberry-loving writers, taking photos, and recording little snippets of video. I’m excited to share my very first video project – a quick 30-second reel of the best parts of the trip. The video is below, as are a handful of photos I took as we sat in the sun and ate a huge strawberry-studded meal.
Thanks so much to Jodi Reinman, the cutie at the very end of the video, for the invite to this wonderful event!
More luscious California strawberry photos below the jump!