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. You’ll find pints and quarts of vibrant, red strawberries at our weekly farmers’ markets – the Adams County Farmers’ Market and the Gettysburg Farmers’ Market, as well as at our countryside markets – Hollabaugh Bros., Inc., Fruit Farm and Market (don’t miss their annual strawberry festival), Boyer Nurseries & Orchards and the Historic Round Barn and Farm Market. Be on the lookout for locally grown berries at the area’s farm-to-table restaurants, as well.
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!
Strawberry Margarita Squares
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.