Yo, Readers! Strawberries are now available at Local Yokels Farm Stand! I repeat, the strawberries are now at Local Yokels! This is not a drill!
Longtime readers know I’m just a wee bit obsessed with these strawberries and wait all year for them. In fact, I just ate the last of them out of my freezer from last summer, so thank you, Universe! Your timing is perfect!
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Pictured above are the ones I picked up yesterday at the stand. I ate a whole quart by myself last night.
I’m not sure what variety of strawberries these are, but they’re the sweetest I’ve ever had. And that’s saying something, because I’ve eaten a lot of strawberries in my life. In the 1960s, my mom used to run our strawberry field down the hill from the barn north of Mapleton, delivering them around town in our VW Bus, including to Big Boy for their strawberry pie.
If you’re not familiar with Local Yokels Farm Stand, it’s located at 13130 Center Road, between Island View Road and Seven Hills Road. It’s owned by Ben and Jen Bramer, who also run Agrivine, a farm management business that helps farmers plant, care for, and otherwise manage their farms. In fact, they recently planted a block of Pinot Grigio vines on my brother Ward Johnson’s farm.
At Local Yokels Farm Stand, you’ll find a variety of seedlings, veggies, fruits, herbs and more throughout the growing season, 98 percent of which is grown right here on their farm on the Old Mission Peninsula. You can’t get any more local than that.
I know for sure that their tagline is true: “Food loving farmers with ridiculously high standards.” Yep!