Strawberry Fields Forever

By Kate Riley August 9, 2010

There is a strawberry field on a corner of Arnold Drive that I pass every time I visit  Sonoma.  You’ll see cars pulling in all day long for a batch of the farmer’s strawberries fresh picked that day. 

strawberries picked daily


We eat store bought strawberries all summer long, but there’s something extra special about picking your very own as they ripen in the summer sun. 

strawberry field sonoma

  children in field .   

flat of strawberries


We brought a flat of fresh picked berries home and started a new tradition by making a homemade tart.

   strawberry tart


Easy Strawberry Tart

Frozen pie crust

20 – 24 oz. fresh sliced strawberries

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp cornstarch

1 egg white

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Thaw frozen pie crust as directed, layer in tart pan (lightly sprayed with cooking spray). 

dough in pan


Brush crust with egg white and bake in oven for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.  Meanwhile, rinse strawberries and pat dry as much as possible.  Blend sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and lemon zest together, spoon into baked tart shell. 

Bake an additional 30 minutes in oven.  If there is extra liquid from the water in the strawberries, pull from oven and carefully drain liquid, then place tart back in oven for remaining cooking time.  

Serve with fresh whipped cream . . .

strawberry tart on tray


. . . and perhaps some bubbly. 

tart with champagne


It’s the perfect summer market to table dessert. 

slice of tart in bowl


Bon Appétit !




  1. YAY! My MIL makes a “fresh strawberry pie” with Jello filling; I’m so excited to find something from real ingredients!! This looks outstanding.

    Also “drain carefully”–think one could use a turkey baster to drain the liquid if things were getting too juicy in there?

  2. Yum! The strawberries around here have not been looking too good. Wish we had fresh!! We planted a few of our own, but the bunnies love them. LOL

  3. oh my goodness…i’m pretty much drooling. How fun! I haven’t found fresh fields of strawberry’s in Oklahoma, just peaches – which are amazing too.

  4. Oh yummy! I eat strawberries almost every day too. We grow them in our garden and in the winter months I get them from our local market. Delicious. I enjoyed my visit to your blog. Wishing you happiness, Katherine

  5. what a fun filled treat!!! Thank you so much for sharing! I love the pics and the recipe!!
    Happy Monday to you and yours
    ~Terrell @ FFD~

  6. Looks wonderful! I’ve been making jam and putting by fruit this summer, but our local PYO strawberries have been gone since early June. Boy, do I envy you!

  7. Delectable! I loved picking strawbs as a child.
    I was relieved you used a frozen pie crust – I thought perhaps you might be a pastry diva also :)

  8. This is probably a silly question, but how do you get the tart with all that strawberry goodness OUT of the tart pan without creating a mess?

  9. So luscious looking! We just bought some strawberries from a street vendor in Cordoba this morning. Not enough for a pie, but I’m thinking strawberry shortcake only instead of shortcake I’m going to make chocolate scones for the base. Such a treat!

  10. Oh, that strawberry tart looks so delicious!! I also love the dishes you are serving it on. I am having a few girlfriends over for my brithday celebration this weekend. Think I now know what I’ll make! Thanks, Kate, for sharing your fabulous summer dessert. Oh, and we go to that strawberry field often – we live fairly close to it. Love it!

  11. Is there anything more beautiful than fresh fruit from the vine or orchard. It is peaches at my house this week. Your tart looks delicious and I can almost smell those berries.

  12. There is something so satisfying about picking your own fruit. I miss that the most (used to live in Modesto). I remember picking them at the end of the season for $.50 a pound. I would make jam, tarts, syrup, pies, etc. There is nothing like a California strawberry. Yum o!

  13. That looks so yummy! My 14 yo son has been making glace (glaze) pies this summer. Strawberries are the best! He cooks that jelly and pours it over. YUM! Fun for the kids to decorate – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries……..must call him to make one for tonight!

  14. Oh, my saw this pic and was immediately transported back to Nor Cal. Right now we are living in Colorado but for a time I drove past this sign every day and loved getting strawberries from them. Thanks for the little trip down memory lane.

  15. Oh my how lovely and delicious Kate!! I made it today for my family and it’s a good thing I made 2, because my little guys ate one all by themselves!! now one left for hubby!! This recipe is a keeper!! Thanks again!! :)
    p.s. the smell around the house was incredible!! love the lemon zest!!

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