Spring Time always means fresh strawberries. We always look forward to having this delicious fruit in our salads, Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberries and cream, Ice Cream... you name it. They are good in anything and just as delicious by themselves. Our Granddaughters love eating fresh washed strawberries by themselves.
Yesterday, I shared the afternoon with three dear friends. Marion had invited us last year to a Strawberry Tea at The Hickory Bridge Farm in Orrtanna, Pennsylvania. So this year we decided to go again. You have to make reservations ahead of time, as the Tea fills up quickly.
The Farm has been owned by three generations and this year marks their 35th year that families have gathered around their tables or stayed at their Bed and Breakfast. They also have cottages that you can stay in, that are located in the woods. They have different dinners for different holidays, plus they have Farm-style dinners that begin with appetizers served from an antique sleigh.
Our trip started going across the bridge into the Farm area. (Now you know me by now, I love being by the water)
After crossing over the bridge we came to the Farm House which is now a Bed and Breakfast.
We went beyond the Farm House to the Barn where they serve the public. Today was the ~Strawberry Tea~
The table was set and everything looked so pretty.
As we entered the Barn, they had an old fashion antique sleigh set up. On it were glasses filled with *Cold Lemon Almond Tea*: and Pineapple Fluff served with pretzels sticks. When we took them to our table, they served us with Chilled Strawberry Soup.
Our Mandarin Orange Salad served with a Sweet Almond dressing was next.
They served a pot of *English Tea* with a quilted cozy on it, to keep the tea hot.
Our next dish was *Lemon Scones and Pineapple Pecan Bread* this was served with Devonshire Cream and Strawberry Jam.
I know you are probably thinking ...how can they eat all this? But believe me, we had no trouble at all. :-) The portions were small and we washed them down with TEA!!
Our sandwich platter, had *Hot Seafood Fold over, Marinated Cucumber and Chicken Bruschetta Sandwiches*
Each of us had one sandwich of each kind off the platters.
For dessert (yes we barley had room left to eat this, in fact we brought some of the cookies home)
we had *Apricot Thumbprint Cookie, Lemon Sherbet, Strawberry Ribbon Cookie, and
Chocolate Texas Cake Square.*
With the dessert they gave us a new pot of tea. This time it was Lemon Tea. Which friend Bonnie poured for us. We all agreed that we liked the English Tea better. But the Lemon Tea did leave a nice taste in our mouth.
We finally finished the meal with the last cup of tea.!!!
A few pictures of the inside of the barn where we were eating.
The Farm is over One Hundred and Fifty years old. A small Country Store housed a gift shop. But unfortunately it was closed .
On the way back out we saw this horse with goats. The goats are almost as big as the horse!!
We drove back home through the countryside. Tummy's full, and the love of good companionship with friends.
If you have Strawberries where you live, ~Take the Time~ to enjoy them.
Life is good!!!