Strawberry season has arrived in North Alabama and in celebration, free strawberry shortcake will be provided on May 10, 2014 during the annual Strawberry Day at the Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market. In addition to an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables for sale, chef Jake Reed of Albany Bistro will be demonstrating and sharing cooking tips using fresh local strawberries.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until supplies last), free samples of strawberry shortcake and soft drinks will be available for festivalgoers. In addition to strawberries, jams and jellies, fresh-baked goods, flowering plants, and other fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables will be available for purchase. Event organizers suggest arriving early for the best selections of produce.
Locally grown berries are much sweet and juicier than those transported in from across the country. The berries are only expected to be available now thru early June as they do not respond well to heat, according to Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market Manager Burl Slaton.
Albany Bistro Chef Jake Reed will do two short demonstrations of a recipe using fresh strawberries from the Farmers Market. The first one is set for 10 a.m. with the second one following at 11 a.m. Free samples will be provided following each demonstration.
The Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market, located at 211 First Avenue SE in Decatur, also celebrates Corn Day on July 12th, Tomato Sandwich Day on July 26th, and Watermelon Day on August 16th.