Sweet, local strawberries

This article was originally published in June 2016

The crown jewel of June, locally grown strawberries are blissfully sweet and packed with juicy flavor.

These organic, ruby red gems arrive to us fresh from our longtime friend Mike Shriver of Rent’s Due Ranch in Stanwood, Wash. Superb all on their own, they’re equally as excellent atop summertime desserts, incorporated into salads and blended into beverages.

Packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, strawberries tend to land on the Dirty Dozen list of produce that contains the most pesticide residue when conventionally grown. That’s just one more reason Rent’s Due’s organic strawberries are exceptionally delicious. Get them while you can — their season is short!


Strawberry-stuffed Avocados

Strawberries, goat cheese, basil and a little balsamic make a fantastic stuffing for these baked avocados. Enjoy them for brunch or enjoy as a stand-in for salad.

Roasted Beet, Strawberry and Arugula Salad

Believe it or not, beets and strawberries are a delicious match for each other as earthy meets sweet. Peppery arugula rounds out this light and satisfying salad.

Strawberry-Bacon Grilled Cheese

Sugary strawberries and salty bacon sandwiched between chewy bread and gooey cheese provide an incredible meeting of flavors and textures. Seconds, please!

Strawberry Agua Fresca

A refreshing treat for a hot day, this beverage is great for parties or an afternoon on the patio.

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