Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Adirondack Food: Time for Strawberries, Festivals

strawberriesfromgarden2_newThough we have had more rain than sun over the last few days, strawberries are starting to ripen and pick-your-own fields are planning on opening to the public over the next couple of weeks. Festivals are set to gesture in summer with all things strawberry. Rulf’s Orchard in Peru is holding their 2nd annual Strawberry Festival on June 29 with a petting zoo, vendors, strawberry shortcake eating contest and wagon rides to the U-Pick patch. Raquette Lake is whipping up fresh strawberry shortcake while Crown Point will host its 9th annual celebration of those delicious red berries.

According to Alexandra Roalsvig, Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Long Lake, the June 29th Raquette Lake Strawberry Festival is an opportunity for locals and visitors coming to the area to connect with summer friends, while supporting a worthy cause. The summertime dessert will be served starting at 11 a.m. at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall.

“The money we raise benefits the Raquette Lake Fire Department,” says Roalsvig. “It serves more as a great kick-off for summer where we serve up some yummy treats. This is a long-standing tradition. Jimmy Pohl with Raquette Lake Navigation makes the homemade strawberry shortcake. It’s also a great place to stop by, rain or shine, and see all the area events scheduled for the summer.”

On Sunday, June 30, the First Congregational Church of Crown Point will showcase a variety of activities from vendors to a classic car show. Look forward to a BBQ and even more opportunities to indulge in some shortcake. There will be live music, BBQ and even amusement rides and bounce house.

Just in case you want to wait a bit for a strawberry treat, Chestertown’s Strawberry Festival and Craft Show takes place on July 6 from 9 am – 3 pm at the Community Methodist Church. Look forward to all sorts of ways to indulge in strawberries over ice cream, in malts or part of strawberry sundaes.

If you want to go out and pick your own, try Tucker’s Farm in Gabriels, Rulf’s in Peru or Pray’s in Keeseville.  Call first to make sure the ground is dry enough to venture out to the patch. Enjoy!

Photo of U-Pick strawberries used with the permission of Diane Chase, Adirondack Family Time.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.




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