california strawberries visit dallas

A few weeks ago I went and visited the strawberries.CA Strawberry and Holly HomerYesterday they came and visited me (and 20 bloggers) here in Dallas.

CA Strawberry tour Dallas event group pictureThose strawberries are so sweet!

Literally.

strawberry close upThe Dallas bloggers munched on strawberry soup, sandwiches, tacos and sliders while sipping strawberry cocktails.

CA Strawberry Tour Dallas event food inspired by strawberriesWe listened to Carolyn from the CA Strawberry Commission, Skyped with a grower from California and heard about the health benefits of strawberries from David Grotto.

Dallas CA Strawberry Event - David Grotto, Tami and Lea AnnAnd there was a lot of chatting, photographing and hugging.

CA Strawberry Tour Dallas event bloggersOverall, the California Strawberries were given a warm Texas welcome.

We even arranged warm weather for their visit.

I have been excited to work with the California Strawberry Commission and the CA Strawberry Tour because…I like strawberries.

Over the last month I have gotten a behind-the-scenes look at how having strawberries on my oatmeal each morning is made possible.

Hundreds of family strawberry growers who have been farming for generations plant tiny strawberry plants on sandy soil across cool valleys.   Those strawberry plants are high maintenance and prefer 51 degree soil temperature, just the right amount of rain, cool afternoon breezes and often demand an ocean view.   Once the strawberries are ripe (and not a moment before), they are picked and immediately driven to a cooler.   They spend 4 hours in a cooler to get to the perfect shipping temperature.   As soon as they are the perfect shipping temperature, they are packed into waiting refrigerated trucks that drive them straight to Texas where they are placed on grocery shelves.

It is possible, in Texas, I am eating strawberries that were picked just 48 hours earlier in California.

I find that amazing and have realized how inexpensive strawberries really are when you consider the 1000’s of things that could go wrong between a seedling being planted in California and my Texas kitchen table.

Strawberries are a lot of bang for your buck.   They not only taste great, but they are good for you.

  • Strawberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C.   Once serving provides an adult with 160% of their recommended Daily Value.
  • Strawberries are a source of folate.
  • Strawberries can help heart health because they provide 3 grams of fiber per serving.
  • Strawberries have antioxidants which are absorbed within one hour after eating.   They can help fight disease and illness.

I love that they are healthy, but quite honestly would eat them even if they weren’t.

It is a bonus for me.

Thanks so much to the CA Strawberries for an incredible blogger event in Dallas.

CA Strawberry Tour goodie bagSpace was limited and Dallas is a bit of a drive for many of you, but I don’t want to leave you out.

I have 4 extra goody bags that I would love to send to randomly selected readers.

Each goody bag is a reusable bag that scrunches into a cute little strawberry (pictured to the left) and contains:   101 Optimal Foods for Life by David Grotto, 2 Strawberry Recipes for Everyday Cookbooks (one for you and one to giveaway to a friend or on your blog) and a super cute strawberry shaped USB flash drive with all sorts of fun strawberry information.

To enter:

  • Leave a comment below telling me what you like about strawberries.
  • An additional entry for a tweet about strawberries including the hashtag:   #CAStrawberryTour – please leave a comment below that you tweeted.
  • Contest ends on July 9.
  • Winners will be notified via email.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED AND ALL THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL.

Thanks to all the Dallas area bloggers who attended the CA Strawberry Tour Event.   Here is what they had to say about this event:

Trista figures out that she is a strawberry.

Why Jay will be packing his freezer with strawberries.

How to make a taco with strawberries.

Kim is suspicious the Viking Cooking School stole her appliances.

Jennifer writes about choosing the best strawberry and whether size matters.

Strawberry Shortcake Sliders.

Jenny chats about organic vs. conventional strawberries.

Melissa posts several of her favorite strawberry recipes including the Mahi Mahi tacos and she doesn’t like fish 🙂.

Sophie (our youngest attendee) makes a yummy smoothie for dinner.

Dwan makes me hungry with several recipes from the event.

Misa and kids make Mahi Mahi tacos and give them 3/4 thumbs up.

Tami is a rookie blogger?   I know her now and respectfully disagree :).

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Popsicles.

Strawberry Muddle Cocktail.

If you have written anything about this event or the strawberries, please leave the link in the comments and I will add it to the list.

Thanks again to all involved.

holly in the strawberry fieldsI have been working with the CA Strawberry Commission on the planning and hosting of this event.

All opinions expressed are my own.

It has been a treat to work with them and eat all those strawberries.   I will be following along on Twitter when the Strawberry Tour goes to Boston, Chicago, NY and LA with the #CAStrawberryTour hashtag.

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  1. I’ve always loved strawberries! My cousins had an entire garden devoted to strawberries when I was very young, and I had so much fun picking (and eating) their home-grown berries that I started my first vegetable patch when I was only five or six years old… What’s not to love about strawberries? Daiquiris, shortcake… Yum! My husband just added strawberries to his gardens for the first time this year; I can’t wait to see how they do down the road!

    This project looks like it has been a lot of (delicious) fun! And your pictures are great!

    Kimberly

  2. um. wow. those strawberries are awesome. and the soup sounds delish. amazing pics of the foods!

    i like strawberries because… they have the seeds on the outside. it’s true. i like to pick them. this is also true. i may be a bit odd.

    yay!

  3. Melissa R says:

    Strawberries are so versatile. Yet, they can be enjoyed by just popping them right into your mouth. Yum yum. Thanks California!

  4. We love love love strawberries, we eat them plain, with sugar, dip them chocolate, and make strawberry shortcake

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  5. I love strawberries not only because they are delicious, but because it is another food that I do not have to bribe my children to eat. As a matter of fact, they can just about polish off a quart (each) of strawberries in no time flat.

    We all have lots of good memories going strawberry picking (and coming home with red hands and red butts from where we inevitably sat on strawberries). With their sweet, juicy flavor they scream, “Summer is here!” (and so do we!)

  6. Well, strawberries are one of the few fruits my son will actually eat! And Hubby & I LOVE them in a yogurt smoothie. Plus, they travel very well, are tasty warm or cold, and you can even put them on a salad….what’s not to love??

  7. I wish I could have joined you guys! I had so much fun with you at the Uncle Ben’s event, I am sure this would have been a great continuation! I absolutely love strawberries and the fact that I tell my kids the seeds will grow in them and plants will come out of their mouths is proof lol! I would do anything to keep them out of my strawberries lol! I love the versatility of a strawberry! Its a breakfast, lunch, and dinner food for sure!

  8. My latest pregnancy craving has been strawberries with a scoop of vanilla Greek yogurt on top. My husband is sick of hearing about how much I am loving my berries…

  9. It sounds like you guys had so much fun! I would have loved to be there with you all but there wasn’t anyone to watch my minions last minute. I think I’m going to give that taco recipe a try though – they look SO yummy!

    I love that strawberries are tasty, juicy, so good for you and instantly make you feel like it’s summer when you eat them. 🙂

  10. Strawberries are so good and good for you. When I was a kid I would sneak into my grand mothers freezer and eat them straight out of the container (boy did she get mad). Now I like to freeze them for later or make jam. Only problem here is that by the time I get them ready to go they have mostly been eaten.

  11. While those big California strawberries are lovely to look at, the smaller ones that are raised here in Oklahoma are so much better! They have much better flavor and are ripe clear through. I have had some Florida berries were very good but I still want the smaller ones that are picked when they are fully ripe and not just after they turn red. When I cut into a strawberry that is white in the center, I just want to cry. Of course I realize that fully ripened strawberries cannot be shipped and have a shelf life of only a day or there abouts. I have to get my Oklahoma (or Arkansas) berries into the freezer the same day I get them, but winter pancakes or waffles with strawberries are a wonderful treat. It is fast approaching peach season here. I will be loading my freezer with peaches in a week or so. Wish you could all enjoy our good peaches. Have seen some nice Georgia peaches in the store the last couple of weeks. They can be picked and shipped before they are ripened, as they will continue to ripen, unlike strawberries .

  12. truly love strawberries, on cereal, plain and mixed with greek yogurt frozen are the tops- its yummy- i even have pb and strawberries for a sandwich instead of jelly

  13. Strawberries, to me, are the perfect food, They can be used in sweet as well as savory recipes. They are wonderful eaten alone or with cream. They are low in calories and fat. They add color to any recipe.

  14. Oh, I LOVE strawberries. Not only do they remind me of summer but I absolutely love the taste. If I’m not eating them by themselves, I love making a good smoothie or strawberry shortcake. Yum!

  15. raylene sausedo says:

    I Love to eat the strawberries as a snack all by themselves; makes me feel like I’m having a healthy snack! A great dessert that I grew up w/ was strawberry shortcakes…my mom would make these as a special treat for dessert in the summertime! Great memories!

  16. My family loves strawberries! I would love to see the strawberry soup recipe! Sounds so good.

  17. I do not like strawberries. I LOVE them! Love, love, love! My husband cannot believe the quantities I eat daily and he cannot understand that I cannot get bored of them!

  18. Strawberries are so versatile! You can make sweet, heavenly desserts with them, or add them to a savory dish to give a hint of sweetness!

  19. God help me, I put aside a whole afteroonn to figure this out.

  20. There’s pretty much nothing I *don’t* love about strawberries 🙂

  21. We love strawberries not only taste but for its color, is the favorite fruit of my daughter
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  22. This is the first winning comment! Congrats Janie. I will email you to get your contact information and send your strawberry goodies out right away :). Thanks!

  23. Hi Sandra, you are the second winner for the CA Strawberry goodies! Thanks so much for entering. I am emailing you right now to get your contact information.

  24. Hi Louise, You are the third winner of the CA Strawberry goodie bag! I will contact you right now to get your contact information. Congrats!

  25. Hi Wendi, You were the fourth and final winner of the goody bag! thanks for entering. I am emailing you right now for your contact info.

  26. I love that they are good in just about any dessert:
    ice cream, cake, pudding, jello, cookies… you name it! candies! chocolate!

  27. I love strawberries because they’re extremely portable. Wash them, put them in a ziplock and you’re good to go!

  28. got my goodie bag today! it’s amazing! i love it! thank you so much! hmm… what to do with the second recipe book. so tempted to have a little giveaway of my own! yay!

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