We've always had a large garden full of fruits and vegetables. As a little kid, I loved picking raspberries, blueberries and strawberries for Granny and then she would make a pie. Grandpa loved eating said pie.
Grandpa and I in 1989 on the tractor
I love how farms allow families to work together and spend so much time together. My grandparents and my brother and I are extremely close because of this. We grew up watching Grandpa work hard to get the hay done before the rain came, watched disappointment over said hay getting wet when it rained unexpectedly, watched him assist cows with difficult calvings and watched him work hard day in and day out. I can't think of a better way to learn how to have an outstanding work ethic.
After mowing the lawn, Grandpa took the grass clippings out to the cows to eat. They loved this snack (and I loved the smell of fresh cut grass)
I'm so happy I was able to get home for his last Father's Day last June. We celebrated his 93rd birthday early and had the best time.
The weather controls so much on the farm and farmers have absolutely no control of it. If you want to know one of the things that can frustrate farmers the most, it's the weather. Too much rain. Not enough rain. The rain didn't come at the right time. Don't even get me started on that.
The weather has finally turned, planting is basically done in most areas and it's strawberry season, so, let's eat some pie. This is a good one to take to a family get together or barbecue.
Grandpa's Strawberry Pie
- 2 quarts fresh strawberries
- 1 baked pastry shell, cooled
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 tbsp corn starch
- 1 tsp butter
- A few drops of red food coloring
- Cool whip (optional)
- Wash, drain and hull strawberries
- Cut strawberries into halves or quarters depending on the size of the berry
- Place 1 1/4 quarts berries in the pastry shell
- Crush the remaining berries and combine with water, sugar and corn starch in a sauce pan
- Bring to a boil
- Boil for 2 minutes or until the juice is clear
- Add butter and enough red coloring to give an attractive bright color
- Spoon glaze over whole berries, making sure all berries are covered
- Before serving, cover with cool whip (optional)