It's strawberry season here in Oregon

 It's time for strawberries here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and right here in Lebanon, Oregon it is the strawberry capitol of the state.  The STATE!  It's that awesome!?  Being the strawberry capitol of the entire state Lebanon, Oregon has some big shoes to fill.  

This time of year there is a lot of strawberries throughout the Willamette Valley and you can't go to a restaurant, grocery store, or even drive down Main Street without seeing strawberries on parade or on display in the businesses or buildings.  It's actually a pretty neat thing to be part of.

We have a lot of strawberry stands along the roadways and highways, we have a Strawberry Festival (photos of that to come soon), we also have the World's Largest Strawberry Shortcake.  The shortcake is pretty fun because you get to see the cake as it makes its way through the street during the Strawberry Parade and then you get to try the shortcake at the festival later in the day.  All of these is a weekend-long event here in the Strawberry Capitol of the state.  

With all of these festivities dedicated to the strawberry, it's a great time to get a ton of strawberries, either from local stands, the grocery store, or at the MANY u-pick farms around the valley.  I love snagging a bushel of few of the strawberries to make into many different recipes that are begging to be made.  One of my favorites is the Summer Strawberry Freezer Jam that we make once a year.  But here are a few more of my favorites from some of the best bloggers and DIYers out there.

We even stopped off at the local Shari's Restaurant and picked up a jar of their own unique, homemade Strawberry Jam, and hit Burgerville for their Strawberry Lemonade!

YUM!  Be sure and visit these wonderful, creative ladies and try their strawberry recipes.  Do you have any great strawberry recipes that you enjoy?  Let me know in the comments section below, I'd love to hear about them.


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