Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Summer's–Day Visit To The Country

Leaving The City

Eli in Action: To effectively pick strawberries, it is necessary to get down low. Our youngest has the definite height advantage in our family.

A few days ago, we all drove 40 kiolometres (25 miles) northeast of Toronto to go strawberry picking to a farm in Newmarket (Strawberry Creek Farm); we then went to have lunch at a hamburger and fries joint (The Moose Caboose) another 17 kilometres (10 miles) northeast, to Mount Albert, before heading off further north for another 20 kilometres (12 miles) to Jackson’s Point for ice cream and sherbet (Maple Leaf Dairy Bar). Over the past couple of years, we have visited Jackson’s Point a number of times. A pleasant summer-resort harbor located on Lake Simcoe, it has that small-town feel with assorted shops and a pleasant small beach where you can bring your family.

On our return home, a few hours later, while stopping for gas (at a Shell station on Hwy 48), while we were looking for a coke or soda machine, we saw this instead (see the last photo in the series). After arriving home, the fresh berries that we picked became key ingredients in a summer salad and a tasty pie. There is something wonderful stepping into Nature after being cooped up in the city for so long; the change is refreshing.

We shall return.

Sarah & Josh: There are rows and rows of strawberries that seem to go on forever. I have resisted the temptation to call this Strawberry Fields Forever.
Strawberry-Spinach Salad with mandarin orange slices. It is as delicious as it is pleasing to the eyes.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie: One of my favourites.

Good pickings: Two kilograms (4 lbs) of strawberries. Besides eating them, some of these berries went into a strawberry-spinach salad and some into a strawberry-rhubarb pie that Sarah made— both of which we enjoyed as part of our Friday evening Shabbat meal. Both the rhubarb and the spinach were purchased from this farm.

Selling Live Bait: Yes, they sell live bait here. A few dollars can buy sufficient worms for a day's fishing. We did not have the chance, however, to test out the quality of these worms. Perhaps another time.

All Photos: ©Perry J. Greenbaum, 2015