It just so happens that on July 1st Canada Day and the couple of weeks after a couple of friends and I went berry picking at a local farm called, Emma Lea Farms.
Strawberrry season had just started and were ripe for picking. I phoned the farm earlier that day asking about the quality of the berries, and the associate there replied they were good. Now I have had strawberries which where from the States and well they were decent. Little did I know I was to be amazed by the fruits they had.
It fields where literally laden with strawberry plants and all of them gleaming with bright red vibrant sweet morsels. All of them plump and juicy. My friends and I wasted no time in picking these delicious little treats. The strawberries were the quite comparable to ones from the state but way better. I guess location and weather does make a difference.
Unfortunately strawberries don’t keep long hence; I decided to make jams,tarts and mousse cakes from them. The quality of taste is superb. In comparison to the ones from the states there where picked not ripe yet for transportation purposes. to the ones vine riped, well… there is none. Local strawberries win hands done, for colour, texture and sweetness. The tart I made here is a fresh fruit tart using strawberries I picked and paired it with a nice creamy meyor lemon and lime custard. The finish product, the sweetness of the strawberries is complimented well with the tang of the lemon and lime custard. It is a refreshing tart for after work or dessert on a beautiful summer day.