We're excited! REC Farmers Markets has just announced that they'll be kicking off their season at the University Park Farm Stand with a Strawberry Festival! They'll be serving up strawberry shortcake, and we're sharing some of our favorite farmers market strawberry recipes that you can use with the berries you take home with you.

The strawberries are a little late this year - thanks, New England! - but they're juicy, tasty and bursting with real local flavor. In addition to the berries, you'll find lots of other locally grown produce and locally produced goods at the farm stand every Saturday. It's across from Clark University on Main St., on the bus line, and easy walking distance from downtown. There's also usually plenty of on-street parking along either side of the park.

Shout out to Flat's Mentor Farm, Schultz Farm, Black Seed Market and Oakdale Farm who will be offering local fruit, veggies, herbs, meat and eggs at the park, and a special mention to Crocodile River Band, who will be performing from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. Also - kids' activities and Zumba to keep everyone moving and active!

And now... on to the recipes!


  • food com strawberry romaine salad
    Strawberry Romaine Salad
    The slight bitterness of romaine lettuce is the perfect counterpoint to sweet, juicy strawberries.
    From Food.com, this recipe is proof that strawberries are not just for dessert.
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  • food network strawberry smoothie
    Fresh Strawberry Banana Sunrise Smoothie
    For smoothie lovers, 5-minute breakfast in a glass!
    Strawberries, bananas and oranges whirled with yogurt... it's a great way to start the day!
  • bon appetit strawberry vinegar
    Strawberry Vinegar
    Strawberry and a blend of vinegars for the perfect salad spritz
    Make your own strawberry vinaigrette dressing at home, with fresh strawberries and this easy recipe for strawberry vinegar from Bon Appetit.
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  • southern living tangy strawberry barbecue sauce
    Tangy Strawberry Barbecue Sauce
    From Southern Living, a deliciously different barbecue sauce with strawberries
    There's nothing like the combination of sweet and spicy to really bring out the flavor of your barbecue!
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  • taste of home strawberry soup
    Summer Strawberry Soup
    Sweet, tangy and refreshing - and just five ingredients!
    Tangy and refreshing, this strawberry soup from Taste of Home is an ideal starter for a summer dinner.
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  • cooking light strawberry gazpacho
    Strawberry Gazpacho
    Get that Spanish zing with a side of strawberry tang with Strawberry Gazpacho
    We couldn't resist two soups in a row because they're so very different! Light, sweet and savory, this soup from Cooking Light will go on your frequent flier list.
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  • gimme some oven strawberry salsa
    5-Ingredient Strawberry Salsa
    Break out the jalapenos and cilantro for this quick and easy strawberry salsa
    Beat the heat with some fruity spice. This strawberry salsa from Gimme Some Oven is quick and easy to make - and the perfect choice for a backyard pot luck.
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