It started two weeks ago. We were wandering through the produce section of Publix looking for apples when we spied the display of strawberries. The fact that they were so red and juicy looking would have made them irresistible on their own but they were on sale. Bonus! It didn't take long for us to load up the three containers needed for the promotional price and home with us they came. A bowl of fresh berries and a little whipped cream became the evening treat for the next several nights.
When the next weekend rolled around and we found ourselves back in Publix, it wasn't hard to add more strawberries to the basket. They were, after all, still at the same bargain price and we'd enjoyed them so much we were happy to have another round of them.
By yesterday's trip to the store, I was sure the sale price would be history but was pleasantly surprised to see that the sign over the strawberries read just the same as it had the last two trips. The article in our local paper said the mild winter had produced a bumper crop which, I'm sure, is why the cost has remained so low and the quality still so high. You guessed it...we loaded up again.
You'd think at this point I'd be trying to figure out new and different things to do with strawberries but that's not the case. We like them plain...sliced, no sugar, a little whipped cream. Oh, they're good in other forms, I agree, but when they're sweet and juicy like these have been, it's hard to want to fiddle with their natural goodness.
I'm not sure how long this bounty will last but we're going to enjoy it as long as we can.