|In Honor of Strawberries|
|Right Food for the Season - Early Summer|
|Written by Michelle Lahey|
Strawberries. They’re juicy, sweet, and unbelievably addictive this time of year. That’s why Massachusetts devotes an entire month to celebrating them.
From June 7th through July 7th, the Mass Farmers Markets is celebrating its 6th Annual Strawberry Dessert Festival. Throughout the month, a slew of restaurants in the state will be serving inventive strawberry desserts and donating a percentage of sales from those desserts to Mass Farmers Markets. Mass Farmers Markets is the only statewide, non-profit organization that works to sustain and strengthen our farmers markets. To date, the festival has raised $60,000.
“This year, most of the restaurants are giving 50 percent of the sales from the special strawberry item to Mass Farmers Markets in support of our mission to sustain local farms and foster healthy individuals and communities across the state of Massachusetts,” said Jeff Cole, Executive Director of Mass Farmers Markets.
Participating restaurants include Sofra, Oleana, Harvest, and The Beehive, who just so happens to be donating 100 percent of their sales to the cause. Desserts range from traditional strawberry shortcake to more innovative dishes like Strawberry Goat Cheesecake with Strawberry Coulis and Strawberry Sorbet, made by Bistro 5.
“Strawberries are delicious and offer many options, including savory dishes, for chefs to work with,” Cole said. “While greens and other early season crops are great, they don’t create the general excitement and feeling that summer is really on its way like strawberries can.“