All Those Glorious Strawberries

It’s strawberry 🍓 season! 

West Farm Orchard, Perry, OH
These local Ohio grown vine ripened berries are at their peak in mid June. This year it seems that the season is unusually short due to rainy weather and a spell of exceptionally hot and humid days. U-Pick farms experienced fluctuating or reduced schedules making it a bit of a challenge for those wanting to pick their own berries. However. Once at the farm, you were rewarded with beautiful berries.

Granola Parfait

Granola strawberry parfait

Fresh strawberries are some of my favorite fruits and I couldn’t imagine them tasting better, until I’d tasted them roasted. The berries release their juices and become caramelized and syrupy which is perfect as a topping for ice cream, yogurt, cake or just enjoyed out of the jar.

1 lb. strawberries, washed, dried and hulled 
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. On a large parchment-lined baking sheet, toss strawberries with sugar and vanilla.
  2. Bake until caramelized and juicy, 28 to 30 minutes.
  3. The strawberries will look their very best within a few hours of roasting. Transfer to a glass jar and store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

Going to a party, BBQ or gathering and are bringing dessert? Bring a jar of these roasted berries and some vanilla ice cream or pound cake. Thank me later. 

Try using roasted strawberries in a Roasted Strawberry Sheet Cake.


Pat Bennett is the founder and President of Pat's Granola, a Cleveland based food and lifestyle company. Pat's Granola is sold online at and is also available at several Northeast Ohio businesses including:

Troubadour Coffee Roasters

Sports and Spine Physical Therapy

Locle Box

Made Cleveland

Nature's Oasis Lakewood

Happy Cows Group Share Happy Cows Group Share 

Sweet Bean Candies Sweet Bean Candies

The Bake Shop and Cafe The Roaming Biscuit

Marketwagon NEO MarketWagon

The Corner The Corner at The Van Aken District 

NEW! Farmers Feast at BottleHouse Brewery & Meadery

NEW Heritage Coffee, Solon


Pat's October 29 appearance on New Day Cleveland

Learn Pats story:

Food Founders Podcast 

Launching a Granola Business at Age 61


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