Eating locally in Massachusetts doesn't leave you a huge window for certain types of fresh foods; items like tomatoes, zucchini, and peas only ever have a few short months to get their roots in the ground and their leaves towards the sun before the weather is frightful once again. First and foremost of these delicate delectables is the berry; between too-cold winters and too-hot summers, we only have a month or so to sink our teeth into a fresh, sweet strawberry, straight from a Massachusetts garden.
Thank goodness, then, for the third annual Strawberry Dessert Festival, a month-long event that benefits the Mass farmer's markets...and your tastebuds.
Between Friday, June 11, and Sunday, July 4, a handful of local bakeries, cafes, and restaurants will be featuring strawberry desserts on their menus. Not only will you get a chance to see some of the city's best pastry chefs at work, but a portion of the proceeds from the desserts will benefit the Mass farmers markets, ensuring that those of us with shriveled black thumbs will continue to get a chance to eat fresh all summer long, too.
So far on the bakery side, Sofra has signed on, as has Tatte cookies and cakes in Brookline. Certain Whole Foods locations will also be involved in the fundraising event. New participants are signing up regularly, though, so keep an eye on the event website for latest listings.
The Third Annual Strawberry Festival runs from June 11 through July 4, 2010, at various locations city and state-wide. See event website for updated participant lists.