I’m a little biased (because they are our neighbors and relatives) but I think they have a great thing going out there. In June, the Furleighs have strawberries...The most delicious strawberries you will ever taste. Right off the vine. You can pick your own, or buy already picked up at the house. It’s a pretty fun activity to get out of the house, get some fresh air, and get some delicious strawberries to pack away for the winter.
Some things I like to do with strawberries:
Frozen strawberries: Wash them. Take the tops off, put them on a cookie sheet and freeze them. Once frozen, store in Ziplock bags in the freezer. I like to eat the frozen strawberries as a sweet treat after meals.
Make strawberry puree: Wash strawberries and take tops off. Put in blender and puree. Pour into jar and put in freezer. I will freeze the puree in ice cube trays for smaller servings next year. Add to smoothies or lemonades..I have even used when making muffins!
The Furleighs are also known for their pumpkins in the fall. Kids love to go to the pumpkin patch to pick their own pumpkins. Along with the pumpkins they have a boatload of squash: butternut, acorn, spaghetti, etc. As long as the stems are intact, the squash will keep in a dark dry place through the winter, so you can enjoy home grown squash well into the spring the following year. The Furleighs also do tomatoes. In fact, next year, I don’t think I will grow my own tomatoes, I think I will just take advantage of what the Furleighs are growing right next door. They also have an abundance of peppers, both sweet and hot peppers. We like to dry the hot peppers and grind them in a spice grinder to use as a seasoning on everything we eat.
The Furleigh Farm has a lot to offer and I enjoy going there in the summer and fall to get vegetables that are locally grown. If you are looking for strawberries (limited time in June), sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash, or pumpkins (in September), look no further than right next door to us. Spring cannot come soon enough!