I Heart California Strawberries Blogger Fieldtrip & GIVEAWAY (3 Winners)

Strawberry Field Trip April 2013 Collage

In Southern California, the arrival of Spring marks the beginning of fabulous fruit season and gorgeous ruby red strawberries kick off the season in juicy style! I was absolutely delighted when The California Strawberry Commission invited me and my family to spend the day out in their Strawberry Fields in Oxnard and immerse ourselves in all things strawberries!

Upon arrival, we were whisked away (rustic style) on a tractor into the strawberry fields

Strawberry Field Trip Tractor Ride

We immediately jumped into the fields and started picking the most vibrant, fresh, ruby red berries

Strawberry Field Trip Berry

Strawberry Field Trip Boy & Berry

Have you ever tried farm fresh picked Strawberries? I highly rec it, they are nothing short of spectacular especially when they are at peak season. And my little man just couldn’t resist . . . . .

Strawberry Field Trip Boy Eats Berry

He got a little bit excited after tasting those delicious fresh strawberries  🙂

Strawberry Field Trip Grrrr

Next we had the chance to explore the fields and meet local and passionate Strawberry farmer Bill Reiman (a 5th generation Ventura County farmer BTW) who really educated us about the specifics of strawberry farming. He showed us what healthy/unhealthy strawberry roots look like (not black) and candidly told us that this years crop was not up to his high standards (to me they were yummy BTW) because of the extreme fluctuating temps in SoCal this growing season.

Strawberry Field Trip Farmer

Then we took a short ride to the rather chilly strawberry cooler, to see where they store and how they pack the strawberries before they are shipped to stores across the country.

Strawberry Field Trip Freezer
After all of our touring was complete, we sat down to a divine strawberry inspired meal prepared by local Chef Tim Kilcoyne of The Sidecar Restaurant

Strawberry Field Trip Dining

Here’s a glimpse of our tasty menu which included:

  • Braised Chicken Enchiladas with Swiss chard, roasted strawberry mole and queso fresco. Served with a black bean and quinoa salad
  • Chocolate Genoise with strawberry mousse, ganache and a white chocolate dipped strawberry
  • Strawberry Basil Meyer Lemonade (my little man was a fan!)

Strawberry Field Trip Lemonade

After our bellies were full of all things berries, we got some goodies to take home including a gorgeous flat of fresh picked strawberries. We had an AMAZING day in the Strawberry Fields, but picking strawberries and eating delicious food can sure be exhausting 🙂

Strawberry Field Trip Boy Sleeps

In honor of Strawberry Season, I wanted to host a fun GIVEAWAY on behalf of the California Strawberry Commission and bring a little bit of berry goodness to my readers, so I am giving away THREE sets of the following prizes to 3 lucky winners:StrawberryComissionPicture3

Here are the details of this Festive Strawberry Inspired Giveaway: 

  • How to Enter: Please use the Rafflecopter Widget below for your entries. You can enter daily through tweeting & posting a comment on this blog post
  •  Restrictions: Must be 18+, a US resident and have a US Mailing Address
  •  Contest Dates: 5/15/13 to 5/30/13 at 12 am EST

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Disclosure: The California Strawberry Commission invited me and my family to enjoy a fabulous day of all things berries and they compensated me to write this post/giveaway. However, all opinions and berry insights are my own.

Comments

  1. Daniela C. says:

    I love them in my Vanilla Chiffon Cake with 7 minutes frosting! Thank you for this Giveaway!! =)

  2. Deborah Mireles says:

    I like them just the way they are washed and fresh!

  3. Just post it here 🙂

  4. I love making strawberry rhubarb pie.
    danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. I love them in a fruit salad.

  6. I enjoy mine over vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup! thanks for this giveaway! connie d.

  7. I love strawberries.

  8. Lenora D says:

    I love them anyway but especially with milk chocolate dip

  9. Christine says:

    Hi! I realized that I mistyped my Pinterest name while entering this awesome giveaway. How can I correct this?

  10. Love the tea kettle. It would fit perfectly in my tea pot and tea cup collection.

  11. I love strawberies

  12. Annmarie W. says:

    I love using fresh strawberries to make milkshakes!

  13. I LOVE strawberries in salads, especially with cheese crumbles.

    -Veronica, @veronicaraye

  14. Wanda McHenry says:

    I love fresh strawberries in my cereal!

  15. Caitlin Myers says:

    Strawberries are my favorite! They’re great just plain.

  16. I love strawberry shortcake!!!

  17. Julie Thompson says:

    Strawberries anyway is delicious but I love them raw and in smoothies I just can’t get enough of them, thank you for the giveaway

  18. I love to enjoy a nice bowl of strawberries either on its own or in a homemade juice or smoothie.

  19. I love strawberries and cream
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  20. I like having them filled with condensed milk!

  21. Kathryn Mackey says:

    The photos look cool everybody must be having fun i love strawberries with rip cream

  22. Wendy Rusch says:

    wonderful fun give a way!!! As soon as the berries are ready, its strawberry shortcake cupcakes here!!!!!! 🙂

  23. Maryann S. says:

    I love strawberries. My Mother and Grandmother told me they were making strawberry jam right before I was born.
    Strawberries are the best. I love when they are in season. 🙂

  24. Looks like a blast, Romy! I’ve always told my mom I want to go strawberry picking. I think I want to try to make strawberry popsicles or muffins this summer!
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  25. What a fun tour you had. I recently took my kids to the strawberry farm too. This is my latest and favorite strawberry recipe.

    http://utry.it/2013/05/strawberry-and-lime-sparkle.html

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. the tea kettle is adorable!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it
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  26. Susan Broughton says:

    My favorite way to eat strawberries is to eat them dipped in sugar or sweetner

  27. Debra Lee says:

    I just love eating them plain!

  28. Amanda Rauch says:

    I loved reading this post!! I am so jealous of your strawberry outing-it looks like your family had so much fun. Thank you for sharing!!

    My favorite strawberry recipe is the classic Strawberry Shortcake. I love it all ways it can be prepared-it is my favorite for sure 🙂

  29. laurie damrose says:

    I put them in Green smoothies.

  30. Stephanie Thompson says:

    I like to east strawberries with strawberry shortcake the best but do like to eat the right off the vine.

  31. Michelle Proper says:

    I love traditional Strawberry Shortcake when family gathers and also making all kinds of fun smoothies! Loved and enjoyed your photo blog!!

  32. latanya says:

    I love them fresh with whipped cream.

  33. Blessie Nelson says:

    I love to macerate strawberries in balsamic vinegar and brown sugar and eat with simple egg vanilla custard 🙂

  34. Matthew Sagastegui says:

    superb giveaway! and photos, It’s sure you’re having fun:)
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