Have you ever gone to a You-Pick farm?

There is nothing better than picking your own fruit. I love going to local you-pick farms. They usually grow organic and clean fresh fruits and veggies. They’re usually such sweet people. It’s a nostalgic and peaceful time with yourself or whomever you pick with.

Finding You-Picks

Check out this resource for finding you-pick farms near you: http://www.pickyourown.org/

You can search by state, so you can find farms near where you live. You’ll be surprised what’s available so close to you.
How to find you-pick farms near you plus strawberry jam recipe
You can also use this site to find farms along your road trip route! Some of the best road trips I’ve taken have included a random fruit stand or you-pick farm, and just munching on your picked food the rest of the drive.

Our Latest You-Pick Adventure

The girls and I went to a Strawberries and Art Festival in Harper, KS a couple of weekends ago. I love this farm. The young family is so beautiful. They have my DREAM LIFE.

They had local artists, berry picking, live music, local grillers making awesome food, and it was all so affordable.

Strawberries and Art Festival

My favorite artist was the pottery dude.

We came away with enough of the juiciest, sweetest, cleanest strawberries to pig out on them on the drive home AND make some homemade jam. While we were picking, we found a teeny-tiny nest of brand new baby birds!

Honey Mint Chia Seed Strawberry Jam

This recipe was adapted from: The Busy Baker’s Easy 3-Ingredient Chia Seed Strawberry Jam

This recipe has NO ADDED SUGAR. It also has no pectin or preservatives. I used honey, strawberries, and chia seeds…and threw in some fresh mint from my backyard garden for kicks. I really wanted basil, but I didn’t have any ready to use at the time.
Strawberry Jam Recipe with honey and chia seeds

Simple Strawberry Jam with NO Added Sugar

This recipe is jammin’! No processed foods or sugars added. Enjoy it on whatever you love jam or jelly. For a healthier alternative, mix a spoonful of this jam into a serving size of whole fat cottage cheese and sprinkle with your favorite nut.

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound of fresh Strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons of Local Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds

Instructions

  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the strawberries and honey.
  2. As the strawberries soften over the heat, gently stir to mix juices and honey.
    When the strawberries are soft, use a potato masher or fork to break them up even more. Don’t worry about them mashing until completely smooth. This is jam, so some chunks are expected.
  3. Bring the mixture come to a slow boil, stirring continuously. When you see a few bubbles break the surface of the mixture, then you can add the chia seeds.
  4. Health Note: The chia seeds will help the jam achieve a gelatinous texture while also adding fiber, protein, and healthy Omega-3 fats.
  5. Continue stirring the mixture over low heat for 15 minutes. Then remove the pan from the stove.
  6. If you enjoy jam with small chunks of fruit in it, then you’re done! For refrigerator jam, pour the mixture into a mason jar and cover it tightly with a lid.
  7. For a smoother texture, pulse the mixture in a blender, or use an immersion blender and pulse only a few times.

This jam can also be canned. Please follow proper canning instructions to ensure food safety.