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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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Tonda says …

I would eat them by the handful all day long while I was making jam and syrup and pie and salad and short cake...

jules says …

strawberries as a prize = winning! if there were no limits to strawberries in my kitchen i would learn many new fun recipes!!! :)

lindsey says …

hmmmmmmm a kitchen full of strawberries??? thats easy i would have a strawberry fiesta!! I would make strawberry jam, pie,smoothies,strawberry ice cream, strawberries dipped in dark,milk, and white chocolate!, strawberry shortcake and so on and so on!! I would invite my closest friends and pig out on all the strawberry delicious desserts I made!!!! That would be the day!!! yup!! I would never forget it!! lol!!!

Valerie says …

Sliced organic strawberries over a smear of cream cheese on a fresh sesame seed bagel would start the day. Mid morning second breakfast would be an organic milk,strawberry, vanilla whey powder smoothie. Lunch might feature a soft creamy two egg omelet with sliced strawberries folded in after cooking. Mid afternoon refresher, strawberries in a glass of sparkling wine or cider. Dinner? Spinach salad, with olive oil, wine vinegar dressing, garnished with fresh strawberries and toasted walnuts and feta cheese crumbles.And for a final send off, a parfait of plain yogurt, sweetened with stevia, strawberries and crumbled ginger cookies. That might be it unless I had a few whole strawberries with my camomile tea before bedtime.:-)

Katelyn says …

I would make strawberry shakes then eat a couple plain then make strawberry rhubarb pie then have a bowl of ice cream with strawberries and nutella.

Meghan says …

Everyone would get strawberries on their cereal (family of 5)! The kids would all get strawberries with lunch, and chocolate soymilk strawberry banana smoothies. Strawberries and cheese (a mild cheese) will make a great afternoon snack, and strawberries for dipping in freshly whipped cream for the lactose tolerant members of the household will be a great end of the day treat. The lactose intolerant members can have strawberries with chocolate hazelnut spread.

Some Call It Natural says …

I love strawberries with homemade whipped cream. I also make smoothies for the kids with frozen strawberries. Yum!!!

Christine Bock says …

I could take a bunch of them to the school where I work and volunteer and share them with my class...children do not get enough fresh fruit these days and this would be a great supplement to their snacks and lunches. And I'd have enough to make a few things for home too...strawberry shortcake, smoothies, slice some into our salads and snack on them freshly washed from the carton!

Terrill says …

First I would smile at the site of all those beautiful strawberries and then I would enjoy the simplicity of a good strawberry-warm, fresh eaten just like that. Then I would make all 3 meals have strawberry components and make sure I froze a few, roasted a few, sun dried a few, and pickled and jarred the rest!You cant go wrong with fresh strawberries!!

Jim says …

Strawbrries and real whipped cream is the best! For best "TASTE" results, slice the strawberries first, sprinkle with sugar to taste, place in the refrigerator until cold, then add to cream, or add whipped cream to strawberries - it's DELICIOUS!

Ellen says …

I would make a batch of my best strawberry wine, a few batches of strawberry ice cream, strawberry shortcake (of course), and jars and jars of my grandmother's strawberry jam.

Anne B. says …

I love strawberries! I would eat them plain or make strawberry smoothies.

April says …

I would make strawbery smoothies... all day. Yum!

Diane N. says …

(Sorry Whole Foods Market,...I found a typo at the bottom of my previous entry, please accept this as my final entry. Thank you!) If there were no limits to strawberries in my kitchen, I would love to share them with as many people who love the taste of a strawberry. Of course, it is quite easy to think of those you love first, ~family. I have two young nieces that have had food allergies since they were a baby, but love the taste of sweet fresh fruit, and thankfully they CAN eat fruit! I would definitely share with them as much strawberries that they can put in their little tummies. They would still be able to have their eyes glued to a Disney cartoon movie, and still eat a strawberry in its entirety. I would also love to share the gift of strawberries with my mother and other young niece and nephew, as I know it would be really good for their health. Talk about them antioxidants! But as I was writing about my young nieces’ food allergies, it crossed my mind about other children who also have food allergies and do not get to enjoy ice cream, or even a slice of cake at birthday parties, because most likely, the birthday cake and/or ice cream was made with dairy products. I have seen it in my young nieces sweet eyes, and the smile they would try to hold up as that slice of cake or bowl of ice cream is passed out to other children. It is heartbreaking as an aunt. Luckily, their parents would bring fruit snacks that they can eat (which can be bought at the store I love best: Whole Foods Market!, and have even come up with the solution in recent years of bringing “special” vegan cupcakes just for them, which I had myself, and it didn’t even taste “vegan.” But getting back to those strawberries, I would love to somehow make a tasty, yet healthy strawberry sorbet, without any preservatives or chemicals (because if you know me, I have a strong dislike for that in my skincare products, and of course the FOOD I buy! ;))…..and have a gathering for all children (with or without food allergies, and their families and friends,….(perhaps at Whole Foods Market?…as I don‘t think my landlord would allow it by my place) and provide a scoop of “all natural strawberry sorbet”in an eco-friendly paper cup (accompanied by an eco-friendly spoon - of course! ;)) for a small donation. All donations would then be given to a good cause, like St. Jude’s Children. Children learning to give to other children in a creative and thoughtful way is just something special, I think. And if I had the money, I would love to make colored balloons with ribbons, that would say, “Strawberry Sorbet for St. Jude’s Children,” and have these balloons passed out to each child as they waited for their scoop of "Strawberry Sorbet" to be handed to them.

David says …

Strawberries and whip cream with some spinkled sugar

Jenna says …

I would eat them in muesli, with spinach, cucumbers, and fig balsamic vinegar, over ice cream, and with pancakes. Snitching from the carton would, of course, accompany all of these dishes. Then I'd make enough freezer jam to fill half the freezer and freeze some whole for smoothies and stewed fruit to serve in place of syrup.

Dasha says …

I would make strawberry rhubarb crostata, balsamic strawberry jam, muddled strawberry margaritas, spinach+goat cheese+ strawberry salads...and eat them fresh with cocoa balsamic glaze!

-M says …

I would make a strawberry rhubarb crisp!

Adfia Bristol says …

I would scoop my favorite vegan vanilla ice cream and secretly add just a few bitesize strawberry bonbons in the mist, then I would drizzle it all with a strawberry puree and my lovely coffee chocolate sauce. Lastly, I would bake YisRoYal's Chocolate Chip Vegan Cookie Dough, then crumble it and sprinkle the crumbs on top of my Strawberry Sundae....MMMM Delicious

Victoria says …

I would eat them just the way they are!! Or maybe make a nice smoothie!! :D

Kim says …

I would just eat them straight out of the container - maybe with some canned whipped cream on top - YUM!

nik says …

Strawberry slices on peanut butter sandwiches is my favorite...I'd also make strawberry pie and jam, maybe a margarita or two, and of course just eat them all by themselves!

Effie says …

I would make strawberry jam and give it to senior citizens in our Church and in my neighborhood until it is all gone. Jam and Jellies can go a long way - all you need is some bread and you can almost make a meal out of it. We did when I was young. A pan of homemade biscuits, jelly or jam my mom made and sometimes that was lunch. Thanks for thinking of us.

Ruth says …

Organic strawberries! My memories of childhood strawberry picking - in our mom's patch on the sunny side of the house - have had my longing frustrated by the high toxicity on today's 'conventional' harvests. It costs more for organic ones--but, mmm! The taste is unbeatable too! If I had endless stawberries I would first eat them raw and whole, runny and juicey, glowing. Next, I'd invite my guests to cut them up with me, by hand. They are full of the Summer sun--so my first instinct is to indulge in them room temperature. Perhaps we'd layer them in parfait glasses with thin hazlenut or almond crisps. Maybe drizzle a little cream from the top, into this. A sprinkle of cardamom and cinnamon, or lime juice (with the hazlenut) or lemon (with the almond). A teeny-tiny pinch (a few grains) of curry powder or smoked paprika adds an alternate interest, believe it or not, making the sweet flavor stand out more. For a morning smoothie-- I'd get my can of Chia seeds out of the freezer, put one scoop of those into about 8 oz of tap temperature filtered water, stirring like crazy, watching the seeds do their 'magic' aggregation. They end up looking a lot like frogs eggs, a clear gel coating each one. Then I'd drop in hand cut strawberry wedges and a few halves, some wedges from a kiwi. A little lime juice. Later I would use some of the delightful agar agar or frozen recipes (like freezer jam, much less sugary!) Later, I'd be willing to pair my strawberries with chocolate or up against a lightly coffee'd cream. How about a homemade, lightly coffee ice cream with halves and quarters of ripe red organic strawberries, set off with a stirring in or topping of raw cocoa nibs? This would be another place to stir in some left over stale bits of fruit breads, especially delicately eggy ones like raisin challah or Easter bread. Or play a nice role as a layer in a Trifle. Add lots of ripe red juicey ones for the next layer!

Christy says …

Ahh...First, strawberries are my 4 year old's favorite thing to eat, so the majority would be eaten straight by him. I also love freezing strawberries for use in my son's morning smoothie and for frozen margaritas (for me and my husband of course). I also love making homemade strawberry ice cream! Ahhh, strawberries!!!

Sheila says …

Strawberry shortcake and some margaritas!

Marilyn says …

If I had a kitchen full of strawberries my kids would be ecstatic! We would eat them fresh (we love them plain with nothing on them!), until we couldn't eat anymore. Then I would freeze the rest for smoothies, strawberry rhubarb pies, and baking into muffins and cakes. We LOVE strawberries!

Ann says …

Strawberries really mark the beginning of summer fresh fruits. I like to slightly crush and add a sweetener and eat alone or with cottage cheese or throw some in a blender with a milk alternative and make a strawberry milkshake or also add a banana for a double fruit smoothie. Of course on the decadent side nothing beats a real old fashioned strawberry shortcake with "real" whipped cream....:)

Rashita says …

I would eat them plain, cover with chocolate, make strawberry shortcakes, strawberry smoothies and the list goes on and I may even share with the family. ;)

Cary says …

I'd make some strawberry cheesecake ice cream, strawberry bbq sauce, and some strawberry syrup for my summer beverages!(alcoholic and non)never candied any, that would be awesome. maybe dry some out for like cereal or trail mix. yay strawberry season!!!

Heather says …

I'd make Monkey Bread and top it with a dollop of fresh made strawberry butter. Then I'd have lots of Strawberry lemonade available. And a spinach, strawberry and goat's cheese salad.

Jessica says …

I would make unlimited smoothies with strawberries, top crepes with strawberries, eat them raw, and maybe try making jam!

Linda says …

Share the fresh strawberries with family and friends at a fondue party!

hari says …

What's a smoothie without strawberries!! They're the cornerstone of my smoothies -- so good for you and yummy too!

helenlam says …

Nothing says summer like strawberry shortcake, topped with real whipped cream!

Ava says …

I love strawberries so much, they remind me of the sweet distillation of a smile!

Patty McCabe says …

strawberry-limeade would be tasty

Greta Kahn says …

I'd invite my 5 grandchildren over with their parents of course, who more than love these strawberries, they adore them, and serve them for our 50th wedding anniversary.

Benjamin Carothers says …

"Holy strawberries Batman, were in a JAM!" If I had unlimited strawberries in the Kitchen I would go banana's! And speaking of banana's, I'm sure I would be mixing in some banana's with my strawberries for some delicious smootie action! Strawberries sort of kick butt all around. Delicious, and super nutricious considering they have the highest andy score for fruit. (Over 200 points! Wheww!) Aside from smooties, I would be completely psyched to learn and try out some new and amazing recepies to whip up with my new immortal fruit! Cakes, pies, ice creams, and even some exotic type recipies that you would never in a million years beleive to be good! Whats more? I would love to make an edible sculpture out of the strawberries for WholeFoods!! Thanks, Ben Carothers :)

Andrew says …

I would add the strawberries to some vanilla ice cream.

denise says …

I would make white chocolate ice cream with strawberry pieces in it and i love a good strawberry pie

Suzanne Anderson says …

Ohhhh, strawberries! First, I would cook a delicious breakfast of strawberry pancakes with homemade strawberry syrup for my family. I would add sparkling wine with strawberries for the adults and sparkling cider with strawberries for the kids. I would make extra strawberry syrup to freeze for later. Lunch would be spent with friends. Fresh, delicious strawberries with different kinds of cheese and crackers with homemade strawberry sangria. I sensing a wine theme here, too! Dinner would be a romantic one with my hubby using some of the fabulous strawberry recipes on the Whole Foods website. Since strawberries last for a couple days, I could eat more the next day, make jam and what the heck more sangria!

Sue says …

I would just eat them plain - they are great for you and delicious, too. I would freeze any left over.

Bree says …

I would make strawberry jam with my kids, which they could give to their teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Kristen Wilk says …

In a Strawberry Jamboree, anything goes. Strawberries are not just for yogurt parfaits. Let's make them sweeter in ice cream and strawberry-rhubarb pie. And then let's bring them to the start of the meal in a strawberry salad. The possibilities are endless. With such a naturally sweet and healthy treat, I'd eat them any way I could!

Jill Tikkun says …

Strawberries on pancakes to begin the day, making strawberry preserves in the afternoon and end the day with strawberry shortcake! Can't ever get enough! :)

Jeanne Delagardelle says …

We just wash 'em and eat 'em. We love, love, love strawberries! If there are a few that are a bit on the soft side we mash them up and spread them on some buttered toast. Yummy!

Helen says …

I would love to have a kitchen full of strawberries. I would make strawberry smoothies for my boys. I would also make strawberry jam. For dessert I would mix up a lot of cut strawberries with dairy free cream cheese and sugar yummy! I would love to surprise my friend next door with a jug of ice cold strawberry limeade.

Jessica says …

A kitchen full of strawberries sounds like a little piee of heaven! The kids and the husband would eat many raw, as is. The teenager and I would make smoothies and strawberry shortcake. Then I would have the pleasure of making strawberry jam (our favorite), strawberry lemonade concentrate to can for later, strawberry ice cream, mabye dried srtawberries or strawberry fruit leather. A kitchen full of strawberries would definately keep me busy (and smiling) for a few days!

Leah B says …

First, a question--may I have a couple of days' notice? If you give me a week, here's the plan: 1. Invite the neighborhood. Most people love a "real" strawberry as much as they love a "real" tomato. So I'm sure everyone would happily accept an invitation to a mini Strawberry Festival in the back yard, especially if we throw in a little whiffleball game, some good coffee and a tray of mimosas. 2. Get out the trusty old fondue pot, given to my parents around the time of the first lunar landing... or maybe even rent one of those great chocolate fountains! Then, of course, we'd have to have some of that incredible Valrhona chocolate for melting. Maybe skinny branches from the just-bloomed forsythia bush instead of traditional fondue forks? Have to make sure it wouldn't taint the flavor of the berries. 3. Find the recipe for Aunt Lil's famous shortcake, given to me in a packet of recipes (wonderfully stained from years of stoveside splatters) sometime back in the last century. Hmmm, individual shortcakes or big, cake-sized extravaganzas? Maybe both, we'll have to see. As I recall, the shortcake isn't too sweet, so we'll chop up some of the fruit, put a little sugar on it the night before, and use it to moisten the cakes before we pile on the just-sliced fruit. 4. Dust off the Kitchen Aid mixer and find the whipping attachment, so we can make bowls and bowls of whipped cream. The big dilemma here will be how to satisfy purists (no sugar, no vanilla) as well as the more decadent types who love their cream sweetened... Oh, and then there's the option of adding a little orange peel, maybe a hint of cardamom, how about shaved chocolate? We might just have to make more than one batch of each to dollop on those incredible, juicy, local strawberries. 5. Finally, we'll have to find some red, white and blue bunting for the front of the house--what's a strawberry festival without a little patriotic decoration? Or maybe I'll dye my hair red for the occasion--always thought that might be fun. Red shoes? Red and white tablecloths for the big spread in the back yard, maybe they have some of those fold-out 3D strawberries we can hang in the trees... We're going to have a ball. Want to join us?

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