The sweet wonder of the magical strawberry bread made by my wife filled my emotions as June ticked to a close.
June, as those of Wisconsin’s soil know so well, is Dairy Month. Though it’s celebrated throughout the year with each nibble of cheese, each sip — gulp — of milk and each scoop of ice cream, June’s time of fresh pastures and new life has long been set aside to celebrate all that’s dairy.
But there, on that plate, was another of the many reasons to celebrate Wisconsin’s eclectic countryside during June. It’s the month when the goodness of so many strawberries also is celebrated.
We ask each June whether Alma Center, Cedarburg or Waupun actually is the state’s strawberry capital; then the debate is settled with the answer that it really doesn’t matter because the red stains on our hands and fingers signal the love for those berries.
Strawberry shortcake. Strawberry jam. Strawberry ice cream. Strawberry bread. Strawberry pie. Chocolate-dipped strawberries. Strawberries alone…. The question might be asked which is preferred, but the answer so often is “yes, all of those.”
This Dairy Month June has had a good run. In its honor, I believe I’ll have another piece of my wife’s famous strawberry bread — washed down with a tall glass of white milk — to celebrate the season.
— Scott Schultz