October 28, 2015

glean-your-own strawberries

What happens when a time-strapped Hudson Valley farmer isn’t able to harvest his end-of-summer bumper crop of strawberries? In most scenarios, the berries are left behind to rot. (And, sadly, that scenario is all too familiar; about 7% of planted fields in the U.S. go unharvested each year.) But last Friday, Blue Hill at Stone Barns captain Daniel Martin spent his morning gleaning the farmer’s field. Sixty pounds of strawberries later, he was back at Blue Hill, processing the berries for a strawberry shrub cocktail. Daniel dehydrates the strawberry puree left behind after making the shrub to use as a garnish.