Strawberry season is upon us in Adams County, Pa., and everyone who has had a fresh, local strawberry knows what a special, and sweet, time of year this is. Fortunately, for those who live in, or visit the area, know that in addition to growing apples, peaches, apricots, and plums, many Adams County farmers also grow sweet strawberries.
Whether you live here, or are here to visit, there are many ways to take full advantage of Adams County’s strawberry season.
While on the hunt for the perfect strawberries, explore the county and it’s unique experiences on the Adams County Crop Hop, our farm and market trail. You’ll find pints and quarts of vibrant, red strawberries at stops such as– the Adams County Farmers’ Market, Gettysburg Farmers’ Market, Hollabaugh Bros., Inc., Fruit Farm and Market (don’t miss their annual strawberry festival), Boyer Nurseries & Orchards, Sandoe’s Fruit Market and the Historic Round Barn and Farm Market. These farms and markets along the Crop Hop offer pick your own fruit and as well as many other great experiences. Download your passport here, travel the trail and collect fun prizes as you stock up on fresh local produce.
And once you buy those Adams County strawberries to take home, be sure to try this delicious recipe – Strawberry Margarita Squares, courtesy of the National Apple Harvest Festival Regional Cookbook. This cool and creamy dish is perfect for warm, late spring/early summer days. It is pure decadence, featuring sweetness from the strawberries, a bite from fresh-squeezed lime juice, creaminess from Cool Whip and a touch of saltiness from the crunchy pretzel crust. It’s a strawberry margarita (minus the tequila) in dessert form!
Strawberry season is fleeting, so be sure to indulge in the goodness of fresh, locally grown strawberries while you can!
From The National Apple Harvest Festival Regional Cookbook
1 1/4 cups crushed pretzels
1/2 stick melted butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup pureed strawberries
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 (8 oz.) bowl Cool Whip
Place pretzels in a zip top plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Measure out 1 1/4 cups. Mix pretzels with melted butter. Press mixture into bottom of a 13″x 9″ pan. Refrigerate to set crust.
In a large bowl, mix condensed milk, strawberry puree and lime juice until blended well. Fold in thawed Cool Whip until no streaks remain. Pour into crust. Decorate top with sliced strawberries. Freeze until firm (several hours or overnight). Let stand 15 minutes at room temperature before serving.