National Strawberry Shortcake Day
National Strawberry Shortcake Day is celebrated June 14th annually. The origins of this day is unclear. This is one of my favorite desserts, so I don't need to know how this day came into existence. I'm just glad it is another opportunity for me to indulge!
This year is the first year in a long time that we did not grow any strawberries. My parents have strawberries, but there is a farm that is closer to our home than my parents' house. When we first moved into our house, we would go to Driving Wind Blueberry Farm to harvest blueberries. A few years ago, they changed their name to Driving Wind Berry Farm because they expanded their offerings. Now, they have blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries as their main staples. They are adding other options such as greens in addition to the honey, pies, and other sweets they have in their store.
This year was the first year we went to harvest strawberries. They have the best set up. Instead of harvesting strawberries from the ground, the strawberries were grown vertically. No bending down! Gardener Jerry and Gardener James had fun harvesting almost two pounds of strawberries.
We used one container of strawberries to make a classic strawberry shortcake. A classic shortcake is one made with a biscuit. We like to add a twist when we can. We chopped up some fresh mint from our garden and mixed it with the strawberries. We also made some shortcakes with chocolate ice cream.
Normally, this is when I would post a link to our recipe. Currently, we are working on a book tentatively titled 30 Ways to Incorporate Mint into Dishes and Drinks. This recipe will be included in this book. Stay tuned!
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