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Talk Strawberry to Us and Win

I don’t know about you, but my fantasy of a perfect summer day would include strawberries for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dipped in chocolate for a snack. With one or two in a late evening glass of Prosecco, to toast the magic of fireflies dancing on the lawn under June starlight while Strawberry Fields Forever plays in an endless loop in the background. Ahhh. Back to reality. In practical terms, this fantasy would require a lot of strawberries, especially if I wanted to share them with anyone else. What about you? What would you do if there were no limits to the strawberries in your kitchen? Tell us in the comment section below by May 18th and you just might win a $75 gift card—that’s enough to buy lots of organic strawberries for your own downhome Organic Strawberry Jamboree. We’ll pick one comment at random. Full disclosure—If you choose to use the gift card for strawberries only, that’s truly a lot of fruit to bring into your household at one time! If you’re the lucky winner, this might be a good time to invest in a strawberry huller! Need ideas for what to do with lots of strawberries? Try these recipes and also look in our stores for Strawberry Jamboree recipe cards. Strawberries will store for several days in the refrigerator, so you needn’t eat them all at once. Don’t wash them until you’re ready to eat, freeze or incorporate them into a recipe. If you’d like to freeze them, pull off the cap (that’s the hulling part, in case you didn’t know), give them a quick rinse, drain and pat dry, and place one layer deep on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in your freezer for a few hours. Once frozen, you can place the berries in a freezer container or bag to take up less space. Frozen strawberries are great in smoothies and can help make summer iced green tea and lemonade more festive. Celebrate our Organic Strawberry Jamboree with us and maybe you’ll be our big winner of a $75 gift card so that you can indulge in as many strawberries as you wish. Spill the strawberries in the comment section below by May 18th!

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Sylvia says …

Can't wait for the local strawberries. Different taste than the ones coming from far away. Love them with yoghurt for breakfast and plain as a snack.

Thomas A. Hughes says …

Friends..... Strawberries you say, what a refreshing spring and summertime treat, just perfect! In these tryin' times, the first thought that comes to mind is SHARE. So many strawberries, so many people that would enjoy them. $75 dollars worth - WOW! First, I would take some to the local food bank with advance notice so thay can arrange to distribute them to those most needy quickly and efficiently. Second, I would invite my neighbors over for a Desert Pot Luck event to kick off the Memorial Day Weekend. What a delightful way to share with friends and enjoy an evening of fun and sun. Third, I would save a few of those Whole Foods Bucks and use them for my upcoming 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration next June. "Share and Care" the Word of the Day! Pick me just like a plump, ripe, juicy, deep red strawberry. I'll share em! WHOLE FOODS BERRIES ARE THE BEST!!!!! Thomas A.

Denise says …

It sounds very simple but my favorite splurge breakfast is croissants w/ butter and fresh strawberries! I've also started making chicken spinach salad w/ strawberries and etc., which is amazing tasting. I smash some berries into the white balsamic vinegar dressing too.

Carrie Elsass says …

I like them with whipped cream and in salsa!

Becky Myers says …

Strawberries on organic spinach leaves with a poppy seed dressing. Yum!!

Elizabeth Redding says …

Oh what I would do with an endless supply of strawberries..... Smoothies, dried fruit, jams, jellies, cakes,cookies,strawberry lemonade,water with strawberry slices,strawberry slushies,strawberry syrup over fresh angel food cake, strawberry glaze over homemade ice cream,frozen strawberries,sauted strawberries for chicken, just plain strawberries, and once I was done baking, freezing,cooking,and mixing I would share with my friends,family, and neighbors....

Laura says …

Fresh organic strawberries and Snowville Creamery cream is all you need at our house. For a little fancier, whip the cream, add a little sugar to the berries and dollop them on a crepe, Belgian waffle, biscuit, French toast or pancakes.

cynthia says …

strawberry cheesecake, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry jam, strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, strawberries w/ ice cream, strawberries with waffles, strawberries w/ bananas, and just plain.

Mary says …

I just love eating strawberries on their own. I also like dipping them in powered sugar.

Wendi Matt says …

One thing I would do is try to make home made strawberry ice cream. I also found a recipe online to make your own yogurt and that seems pretty interesting as well. A friend of mine makes a really good strawberry cake and I would use her recipe. Is it bad that all of my uses involve dessert?? I bought the strawberries from simpsonville (the whole foods in gville, sc) this past weekend and I'm super excited about buying local strawberries!!

Laura says …

Oh, goodness. I l-o-v-e strawberries and would eat them all. day. long. if I could. If I had a bunch of them, though, I'd find a great strawberry jam recipe and make a bunch of it to keep in the pantry or freezer - none of that high-fructose corn syrup for me!

Teresa Hemsworth says …

I would start the day with strawberries in my cereal, then prosecco all day long, a salad with goat cheese and arugula with strawberries(of course).....mini tarts with homemade whipped cream

Jesika says …

Honestly? I'd eat them right out the container on a daily basis. I love fresh strawberries. If I could actually afford that many on a regular basis I'd easily go through a 1/2 pound a day, if not more. I like to put them in cereal, salads, water (frozen instead of cubes with a lemon slice ^_~) and PIE! My hubby makes a fantastic strawberry-rhubarb pie. Oh the pies we would make!

Wendy says …

I bought 2 large containers of strawberries the other day at one of the Whole Foods in Austin. I used one of the containers for making a gluten free, dairy free "Strawberry Cheesecake". It turned out delicious!!! The other container I used for making a smoothie mixed with the water and meat from a fresh young coconut. Then poured them into ice trays. What a great treat for my 2-year old daughter and I on a warm sunny day in Austin!

Pia says …

Strawberry Jam is my favorite thing, hands down. I've been dying to make my own and use agave nectar instead of sugar. I'm craving it already!

jesser says …

Strawberry rhubarb pie for the world!!

Chelsea says …

Make a ton of strawberry salsa, strawberry daquiris, and have a Cinco de Mayo fiesta! Strawberry salsa has strawberries, bell peppers, jalepenos, OJ, lime juice, and cilantro. It's great on grilled chicken or just with chips!

Katherine says …

Strawberry pancakes!! with chocolate chips or blueberries for something snazzy

Amy Mueller says …

I would make a ton of strawberry scones! With vegan clotted cream and marmalade... oh wow, now I'm hungry!

Kim says …

We would make strawberry-nutella crepes for our school's picnic.

Kiersten H. says …

I would have strawberries and ice cream, and french toast and strawberries.

Erin says …

I would make Strawberry Scones with strawberry preserves (or strawberry cream cheese), and then for lunch have a Strawberry Spinach Salad (maybe with some grilled chicken for dinner)! Super yummy!

Heather Davenport says …

I would dip some in chocolate, make smoothies for my kiddos, make some strawberry bread, strawberry jam, and spinach and strawberry salad. Yummo!

Kari says …

I would put them all in front of my kids......let them help me clean and hull them and eat as many as they want while doing it!

Gary says …

Strawberry (organic of course) shortcake is my all time favorite dessert!

erin hayes says …

If I had a kitchen full of strawberries, I would make spinach salads and strawberries with fresh whipped cream for dessert. :) yummmmm!

Crystal Brooks says …

I would host a giant strawberry fight (roping off a section of town, where the participants would spend an alloted amount of time throwing strawberries at each other) in downtown Knoxville. Each entrant must pay an entry fee to participate in the fight and all the proceeds would go to the local farmers markets in the East Tennessee area and other charities supporting "buying local"!

stephen says …

I puree them and then freeze them in an ice cube tray. I can then drop a cube in a bowl of plain greek yogurt for a low sugar treat.. or just munch on a strawberry ice cube. :)

Lucy says …

Strawberry and goat cheese tarts for sure!

susan loyacono says …

I would love to add strawberries to the menu of my son's first birthday party!!!!! He can't have them til he is 12 months old. (23 days away, omg.)

peter says …

I love strawberries so id do it all! But id start with a smoothie for sure and with this heat a strawberry lemonade with fresh squeezed lemons. Then maybe a strawbery yogurt for a snack.

Allyson says …

I would make lots of strawberry-banana smoothies, strawberry muffins, and strawberry lemonade! I would cut them up and eat them on my pancakes... waffles... bagels... cake. Mmmm. Of course I would dip them in chocolate, too, for a snack! *sigh* Now I want some strawberries!

tracybigo says …

Freeze them so I can make smoothies, lemonade with strawberries, strawberry muffins.....anything I can make strawberries with knowing they are fresh and organic and frozen by myself. This is why I love love summer so much.....STRAWBERRIES!!

Sarah says …

I would make strawberry smoothies! Yummmm.

Erin Furtado says …

I would make strawberry salad, strawberry mascarpone cupcakes and surprise my husband with a smooch from homemade strawberry lipgloss. :)

amanda says …

I would just cut the tops off and let my family feast! There are never enough strawberries for 3 growing kids and a husband who loves them! I wish they were in season year round!

Amanda (modernation) says …

I would freeze a bunch of them for strawberry margaritas all summer long. I would also make lots of spinach and goat cheese salads with strawberries.

frances says …

I would make strawberry pie topped with fluffy whipped cream the rest of the strawberries i would cut up and freeze to keep for smoothies to share with my mom

Rachel Wilkerson says …

I'd make strawberry margaritas, of course! I mean, I'd make other delicious strawberry treats (shortcakes, pancakes, cupcakes...lots of cakes) and put them in healthy things like smoothies or on top of yogurt, but...not going to lie, I'd buy some organic limes and starwberries with that gift card and make pitchers of margaritas all summer long.

Carol says …

Strawberry basil lemonade!

Barbara Way says …

Reference strawberries my comment: Eat, eat, eat, and eat some more!!

Jenn Miller says …

Toasted brioche, spread lightly sweetened marscspone, then sliced strawberries, a little chopped mint then drizzle a reduced balsamic glaze. Yum!

Stacy says …

I'd make lots of strawberry rhubarb jam. My family's favorite!

rhia says …

strawberry ice cream!!!!!!!!!!

samantha says …

If I had a house full of strawberries I would cook with strawberries in everything strawberry pancakes, strawberry smoothies, chocolate dipped strawberries, cupcakes with strawberries and strawberry frosting and heck I would jut eat them as is and maybe later at night I would make a mixed drink with them yummy!!!

Maile M says …

Strawberry slices dipped in pancake batter and tossed in the skillet make a yummy breakfast. Strawberry smoothies made with organic vanilla yogurt. Mmmmm.

Shianne W says …

I was sooo excited when I saw organic strawberries on sale this past weekend!! We bought 16 pounds of them!! I've made a raw strawberry pie, a strawberry rhubarb pie, strawberry crisp, am eating them with yogurt for breakfast (this little baby inside me loves that!! Currently 37 weeks pregnant), made homemade strawberry lemonade and the rest are for eating fresh and freezing for smoothies (if we don't eat them all fresh first). I could do so much more...strawberries and chocolate, homemade strawberry yogurt, jam, ice cream...

brandi H says …

Well for the last 6 years I have made freezer jam and fresh strawberry lemonade for me and my friends. However my berry patch died out over the winter. If I win the gift card I can continue the tradition until my new berries are ready next year.

Marcie says …

A whole kitchen full? First I'd put some away into the freezer so I'd have some for later, then I'd coat some with chocolate for snacks, and then I'd make some strawberry rhubarb pies, strawberry short cakes, a few smoothies, strawberry ice cream, and of course a shelf full of strawberry jam! Whew - that would be one fun filled day - I think I'd need to end it/or start with a strawberry cocktail - daiquiri maybe? : )

Angela Hnilica says …

I would invite all of my family & friends over to have a strawberry smooshing party... then we would send the kids to bed while we used the rest for strawberry daiquiris, & facials ... & of course we would all need pedicures! ;) Yum!

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