From Farm to Table

During a time of year where some of country is preparing for harsh weather, we Floridians are fortunate enough to get outside – and pick our food.

In a smaller suburb of Orlando, Oviedo offers Pappy’s Patch U-Pick Strawberries Farm. A pick-your-own strawberry farm perfect for a family outing.  As I mentioned in my Picking Blueberries post, I enjoy educating my children about food.  With Pappy’s, we are able to show the girls how we can start the day by picking strawberries and end the day by enjoying dishes made from those berries.  Often, the effort results in conversations about how other foods we eat get from the farms to our tables.  It’s also resulted in asking if our food is local, or being shipped to us. Kinda cool when we’re in Publix and another shopper overhears my child identify that the tomato is from Chile, not Florida.

Today we enjoyed our outing with neighbors.  Our goal by the end of the day was to have a pizza party and mini strawberry pies.

Pastry Dough
Make the perfect pastry dough.  We usually have one frozen on hand. Beth’s pastry recipe can be found here.

Strawberry Jam/Sauce

LivePretty Strawberry10In a sauce pan, add 2 cups chopped strawberries. Combine with 2 cups sugar (we used less sugar as most recipes seem to call for double the amount of sugar to strawberries.  You can adjust according to taste).

Bring mixture to a low boil.  Cook on low until strawberries are reduced and a sauce develops and thickens. Add more sugar according to taste preference. You want a thick sauce so be patient. Simply place leftovers in a jar.


Assembling the pies:
Slice the strawberries and layer in mini shells.  Cover with Strawberry sauce and chill.

About Pappy’s  – While I couldn’t find a dedicated web site for Pappy’s Patch, you can find Pappy’s Patch on Facebook and by searching the web for pick your own fruit.  I recommend you call first to confirm they are open.  Plan ahead.

Enjoy the time with your family. And, know that farm to table goes beyond strawberry fields.


Combining his love of food and communications, Rod is a marketing guru with extensive experience in the healthcare, restaurant and luxury services industry. Rod’s special talent is cooking. He makes magic in the kitchen by relying on fresh foods and unique flavors. He is married to Beth, and together they have two little girls. Rod and Beth have the perfect Live Pretty partnership: he cooks fabulous dishes and she creates the beautiful ambiance that combines to make their events special and unforgettable.

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