Well…this time of staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic has offered many “firsts”. This past weekend was my first drive thru strawberry festival and since I’m CRAVING some sense of normalcy, I thought a recap on the blog of the event would feel good.
This is my favorite season if I’m being honest. The start of Summer when the days’ weather is unpredictable, some scorching hot and some offering a cooler reprieve from the heat. Growing up in a rural farming community also means that I know which produce are in season during the calendar year and base my calendar around them.
May = strawberry season, or strawbabies as we affectionately call them in our house. Usually I spend a weekend in May in my hometown at the Laurel Strawberry Festival with my Mama. We visit one (of the many) churches in town (also happens to be our old church and sits across the street from our first house) and order a strawberry shortcake bowl. A literal bowl with shortcake on the bottom and heaping spoonfuls of fresh strawberries on top. If it’s a nice day, we take the bowl outside and sit together alternating spoonfuls until its gone. On the bad weather days we head back home as I spoon feed bites to my Mama driving haha. Either way- we look forward to it immensely.
So, of course I was bummed when this years festival was cancelled due to the craziness happening around us. I was THRILLED when I saw an Instagram post by Weber’s Cider Mill Farm stating that they were pivoting and their Strawberry Festival would be a socially distanced drive thru festival this year. SIGN ME UP!
It’s been the only item on our calendar for weeks and we were fourth in line to take advantage of the festival and all of the delicious treats Weber’s had to offer.
We followed the signage (which was great by the way) towards the lower entrance to the farm and got in line. I enjoyed the wait since the barnyard animals were on my side of the car and I was able to watch the goats running around their pen and up their ramps.
When it was our turn we put on our masks and gloves, ordered and paid. It was that easy! We got four quarts of strawberries, a strawberry slush, and a strawberry creamsicle slush.
We had also placed an online order at their store for curbside pickup. After being handed our strawberry treats we pulled around to the front parking lot and called the store to let them know we had arrived. Our bag of beef jerky, bagels, fresh vegetables, local honey and more strawberry treats were brought out to us within just a few minutes.
We pulled into their parking lot to snap some photos because we haven’t had much of anything worthy of documentation recently and sat together with the windows down enjoying our slushes.
Thank you thank you thank you to Weber’s Cider Mill Farm and all of their staff for giving us something to look forward to! The festival is happening this weekend as well, but you can visit their WEBSITE for more information.
p.s. I took one pound of the berries and made my first ever pan of Pretzel Salad (my Mama spoils me and has always made it for me). It was DELICIOUS and I may or may not have had some for breakfast. Strawberries and cream cheese are a breakfast food, right? 🙂 Up next is homemade chia strawberry jam and strawberry cinnamon rolls!