Did you know that strawberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C and something called flavonoids? Me neither, but Wikipedia says it’s true. If I’m being honest, nutritional benefits are the last thing on my mind when I’m sinking my teeth into a sweet, juicy strawberry; I’m here for the taste, thank you very much. But strawberries are good for you, and—another fun fact—lots of them are grown right here in the Commonwealth.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of the Massachusetts Farmers Markets’ sixth annual Strawberry Dessert Festival, and five of the participating pastry chefs call Cambridge and Somerville home. The event highlights not only the ingenuity of Massachusetts’ confectioners, but also the growing strength of the local- and slow-food movements, and it does so by putting the succulent strawberry front-and-center. Mass. Farmers Markets is a non-profit, and a portion of the sale of each strawberry dessert will help defer the operating costs of the farmers markets and Kendall, Union, and Central Squares (click here to search for a farmers market near you).
From June 7-July 7, if you’re at the right restaurant or bakery, you can assuage any guilt you might feel about eating a piece of strawberry pie by reminding yourself that it’s for a good cause. And it is for a good cause! And just like those flavonoids, that good cause will definitely be all I’m thinking about as I take that first bite.