Monday 7th August - Polly

Strawberry season

From field to fork, or a cocktail glass.

Meet the grower

Here at the Smiddy we like to sell the produce from our neighbours who are working hard to grow, make or bake beautiful food. Today I went along to Briarlands Farm and spoke to David about the farm and the strawberries they produce.

Getting stuck in

I found him hiding in tunnel 2, there are 8 in total, each with at least 2200 plants growing 2 varieties of strawberries, El Santa and Elegance. He spends 2 hours each morning harvesting strawberries, which are sold in a number of local shops and cafes, including The Smiddy. The tunnels are then opened to the public for ‘pick your own’ purposes. Any excess fruit is turned into jam in the Briarlands kitchen, or frozen and turned into David’s favourite Rhubarb and Strawberry crumble during the winter months.

At the Smiddy we sell the fresh berries, and have turned a few kilos into jam too, so we hope that you enjoy eating them throughout the year, they couldn’t be fresher!

Enjoy them all year round

Why not stock up the freezer, so that you have some strawberries available all year? David says they aren’t so good to eat defrosted, unless they are cooked, but we think you could turn them into some interesting drinks, why not try a healthy breakfast strawberry smoothie, or not so healthy, but fun frozen strawberry daiquiri, the recipes are below. You can find most of the additional ingredients on our shelves too, including Scottish SeaWolf Rum, Scottish Oats and dairy produce from Katy Rodgers in Fintry to help make your smoothie extra special.

Saintly strawberry smoothie

What you'll need
  • 1 ripe banana and 1 glass of frozen strawberries
  • 2 heaped tablespoons natural yoghurt
  • 1 small handful oats and 1 handful of mixed nuts
  • 1 glass organic soya milk, skimmed milk or apple juice
Method

Peel and slice your banana and put it into a blender with your frozen strawberries and the yoghurt. Whiz it up and add the oats and nuts. Add the soya milk, skimmed milk, or apple juice and whiz again, until nice and smooth. Give it a good stir, then have a taste. If you think it needs a bit of extra sweetness add a little honey to taste.

Sinners strawberry daiquiri

What you'll need
  • 250ml rum
  • 150ml lime juice
  • 50g sugar (or 50ml agave syrup)
  • 500g frozen strawberries
Method

Pour rum and lime juice into a blender. Add sugar and whiz until dissolved. Drop frozen berries into the blender, a few at a time, blending until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses, garnish with slices of lime and strawberry.

Polly.

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