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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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Margie says …

I would be happy to freeze some so I could have them for a long time, make some into jam, make some into pies for my son who has had strawberry pie for his birthdays instead of cake and then use fresh ones for just eating fresh!

Katrina says …

Endless amounts of strawberries means endless strawberry mojitos! Plus smoothies, jams, warmed up strawberries on my pancakes and drizzled on icecream. Im craving strawberries now!

mcbobby says …

Growing up our strawberries were planted next to our rhubarb. Strawberry/Rhubarb Pie is a MUST! But today we already had strawberries, blueberries and sliced banana for our afternoon snack. Wow, unlimidted strawberries sends my mind into overtime!

chrystal washington says …

i would learn how to make jam.then i would take it to the senior citizen complex and give them away,then to the different shelters and give them away,and then to some food banks.we would keep some too.then think about people that most forget about like janitors,bus drivers,teachers,and mail persons.Also some to the mhmr facility because they were awesome to my son when he was alive.

Heather says …

Strawberry ice cream. Strawberries in every salad we eat for days and days. Strawberry shortcake. Lots of canning strawberry jam. And glorious fresh handfuls of strawberries any time we thought of it!

Sean says …

I would make strawberry preserves, shortcake, and dip them into chocolate. They are also quite tasty on top of pancakes.

Leah Steinmetz says …

I would make, strawberry jam, strawberry shortcake, strawberry tarts, strawberry salad dressing and reduction for topping baked brie, that is if there are any left after eating fresh fruit!

Jenni says …

Strawberry preserves for everyone!-They make great christmas gifts. My favorite family recipe is for fresh strawberry pie - In my opinion there is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day. I would have the whole neighborhood over to share in my grandmother's wonderful strawberry recipes.

May Hsiao says …

I would go nuts over organic strawberries! I think they're best enjoyed as they are and cold - as a snack. I enjoy making strawberry rhubarb pies with them and who doesn't love strawberries and cream? I have a killer strawberry and mascarpone cream cake recipie that everybody loves!

Cait says …

Eating Well's Strawberry-Black pepper tart for two...Yum! http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/strawberry_black_pepper_tart_for_two.html

Kathryn says …

Are you kidding me? What *wouldn't* you do with a kitchen full of strawberries? Ice cream, shortcake, pancakes and belgian waffles, field greens salad with strawberries, chocolate dipped, preserves, pie, jam and jelly, shakes, fruit smoothies, fruit salad, there's just no end to what can be done with strawberries!

ann says …

I'd just eat them. Alive and bursting with energy!!

Pam says …

What wouldn't I do with a ton of strawberries!! I would make strawberry syrup for pancakes/waffles. I would add them to my protein shake. I would make some jam. Also, strawberry shortcake. I could also make my own homemade strawberry yogurt. Then if I had enough time I would make homemade ice cream too! I would also freeze some for later use. :-)

Rachael says …

Well, whatever would be left after my sister and nephew got to them would have to be turned into a fruit salad. If there were any left after that, I would try to find some recipes and get creative.

sheila anderson says …

My Mom loves strawberries, so I would dehydrate all of them and them send them to her in AZ so she could have them anytime she wants them. Everytime she ate some, she would think of her loving daughter that lives so far away in TN and thinks of her everyday :)

VEE YANEZA says …

MAKE FRESH STRAWBERRY PIE, MIXED BERRY COMPOTES, EAT THEM FRESH AND NATURAL, FREEZE SOME MAKE BERRY DRINKS, SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY....AND TRY ALL YOUR RECIPES

Carla says …

I would fill my daughters room with strawberries!!!!! When she woke up she would think she went to heaven! LOL My daughter is on the Autism Spectrum and has a prescribed diet she has to follow, but, one of her favorite things since she was a baby was..... STRAWBERRIES! She eats them all day long! And since she is on an all organic diet we drive 3 hours twice a month to get to whole foods for her organic produce (which is hard to find where we live). Always on the list are her beloved strawberries <3 She is truely as sweet as they are ;o)

jax2u says …

Perfect for casual dining, indoors or out. Put freshly-rinsed strawberries, w/leaves and hulls, into a basket. Offer small bowls of good quality sour cream and turbinado (or brown) sugar. Using stem leaf, dip tip of strawberry into sour cream, then into sugar, and eat.

Christina says …

I will make strawberry lemonade, dip them in white chocolate and nuts, make a strawberry preserves and of course strawberry cheesecake!!

Alicia says …

I would make chocolate covered strawberries with white chocolate drizzle, strawberry rhubarb cake, and slice up some fresh ones to top my grandmother's amazing pound cake. Can you tell I have a sweet tooth? :) Oh, and I can't forget about strawberry margaritas, blended fresh with some tequila, lime, and orange juice!

Brittany C says …

Strawberries! My favorite! I would love to make some fruit leather. Strawberry smoothies in the morning for the kiddos (and me!). Salads with fresh strawberries are the best! Don't you worry...I'd make good use of $75 of strawberries!

Katya says …

Strawberries mashed with a little sugar. Lots of this fresh goodness over pancakes!

Jean says …

I actually came to the Whole Foods website to see if there could possibly be a sale on strawberries this week, and what is the first thing I see but this delicious little contest ... I would most certainly invest my gift card in some organic strawberries so that I can top everything with them, from oatmeal to granola to yogurt to spinach salads. Strawberries are one of the most amazing gems this Earth has to offer!

Gipsy says …

I can have strawberry smothies every day at anytime!!!

Susan C. says …

Just give me strawberries straight up - anytime. For dessert I enjoy strawberries and whipped cream on top of pound cake with a little chocolate syrup. Yum!

lisbet says …

Actually, I can see buying that many strawberries because they're one of the main ingredients in my daily smoothies, and I can easily freeze them :) Makes the smoothie cooler in the summer too!

Sally says …

Mmmmm, let's see. I'd have to make about 6 thousand lbs of strawberry smoothies c/ orange and coconut, topped with real whipped cream. I'd send a truck out to make deliveries to all the neighbors. Then I'd probably cook up some strawberry compote, which could include peaches or nectarines, granny smith apples, and some coconut, of course (use oj or unfiltered apple juice for liquid). Then we'll move on to jello with strawberries for the kiddos. How about following that up with strawberry and kiwi tarts with....whipped cream, no doubt. I'd probably take a few minutes and eat something salty, then I'd get back on track with some kind of whole grain cereal, maybe puffed kamut with cut strawberries and coconut milk. The day would not be complete without some form of ice cream or non-dairy alternative. I looove So Delicious' Cherry Amaretto, piling up a huge mound of cut strawberries on top of maybe a pound of the frozen sweet..... Now THAT's a sweet day!

Nicole says …

We love them with ladyfingers and sourcream.

Lesley Palmer says …

When my daughters and their families visit, they love to have crepes with strawberries. I would freeze a bunch and know that they will make special family times even sweeter!

Patricia says …

I MUST have some organic strawberries mixed in with my organic almond milk and organic green powder in the morning. Organic strawberries have something conventional ones don't--flavor!!!

Joan Learner says …

I would read the book "Jamberry" by Bruce Degen to the students in my school's Backpack Buddies program, and then give each one a quart of fresh strawberries to take home.

Cathy Miller says …

I pretty much have strawberries everyday in yogurt smoothies. My kids like to dip them in whipped cream. Also, toppings on pancakes. I just got a juicer and strawberry, kiwi and pineapple is awesome!

allan carter says …

Strawberries slowly cooked with a little honey and then on top of chocolate ice cream!

Kat says …

strawberry smoothie for brekky with waffles and a dollop of macerated strawberries and strawberry jam strawberries with fondue and a lightly chilled prosecco

CHRIS says …

FRESH STRAWBERRIES, HOMEMADE WHITE ANGELFOOD CAKE, FRESH WHIPPED CREAM FOR MY SON'S BIRTHDAY EVERY YEAR.

Belinda Gross says …

If I could have a never ending supply of strawberries I would first eat as many as I wanted. I would then make lots of chocolate covered strawberries and strawberries covered in a lot of other dips. I would love to have strawberry pie, cobbler and lots of other desserts. I would to have most of strawberry and reharb crisp. That's my dream of strawberries with much more to come.

Christina Sauvageau says …

I would make strawberry jam, using less sugar than found in commercial jam. Then I'd share it with all my friends, neighbors, and the kids' teachers.

Barbara Harris says …

An unlimited supply of strawberries would be heaven. Strawberries are the best - all by themselves. No sugar - nothing. However, an unlimited supply would allow for unlimited combinations: w/ blueberries, w/ pineapple, w/ rhubarb - mmmm rhubarb, etc. Strawberry heaven.

Elaine says …

Last year, I froze a whole heck of a lot of local strawberries (maybe even $75 worth) and used them all year (well I ran out back in January). I used them every day to make my morning protein berry smoothie. I also use fresh ones to make pies, muffins and crisps. I want to learn how to make jam this summer. I am so glad they are just about back in season.

Tamie says …

Spring Mix Salad with Strawberries,Pecans, feta cheese and a lite balsamic dressing.

VictoriaC. says …

I would make jam, fruit leather, tarts, and of course - shortcake.

Ashley says …

I'd just love to sit on the back deck with a huge bowl of berries and eat to my hearts content - no sharing and no stopping 'til I'm satisfied! That might take a gallon or two!

Shawna says …

We make fruit pizza in the summer for dessert consisting of strawberries, bananas, kiwi, pineapple, coconut,and pecans with a vanilla whipped cream, sugar and cream cheese base and graham cracker crust and serve strawberry lemonade for the beverage. I might also add an entree with a strawberry sauce and a salad with a strawberry vinaigrette and sliced strawberry garnish-a perfect strawberry inspired meal.

Gloria says …

Just this week I made homemade waffles with fresh stawberries and home made whip cream, later that same day, I added strawberries to a salad with a balsamic reduction dressing and for dessert, chocolate covered and delicious. I would definetly do the same.

Natalia says …

There's nothing better than this simple dessert... strawberries(cut into quarters), sugar, lemon juice, and homemade creme chantilly. Mmmm... so refreshing, so summer!

jen rossel says …

We just love fresh sweet strawberries. I would take all those strawberries and turn them into fresh homemade jam, strawberry ice, strawberry rhubarb compote, strawberry smoothies, strawberry shortcake.....What wouldn't I make with strawberries!:)

Kathy says …

I would share my strawberry haul with my Dad. Who also shares my obsession with strawberries!

Jennifer says …

I just finished reading the 1st page of comments and found some great suggestions. I am going to make the angel food cake recipe w/pineapple. Angel food cake is one of our favorites! Strawberries sliced w/a little sugar allowed to sit to make a nice topping that is finished off with fresh whipped cream laced w/a little Cointreau! Strawberries are eaten as fast as I can clean them in our house!

Danielle says …

Strawberry preserves, for more whole fruit, to incorporate in a Dutch pancake or folded into lemon curd. Don't forget strawberry margueritas!

Fay O says …

Sliced strawberries on plain yogurt, on cereal, or in a bowl with milk and a sprinkle of stevia crystals . . . yum!

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