I am so excited about my second box of fresh vegetables and fruits from Goma Greens.
I was even more excited that the box included those delicious strawberries again! Since it’s strawberry season in China, you can find the red berries all over the place and I’ll admit to buying strawberries from the local fruit market. They taste good and they’re cheap.
The strawberries from Goma Greens taste INCREDIBLE. Even my children, who are what you may call Strawberry Aficionado’s immediately commented on how much better these strawberries are than the ones I usually buy at the market. According to Junior Nomad (this would be Little Nomad #2 who has now named herself Junior Nomad) “These taste so much better than the one’s you always buy!”
There is no contesting the strawberries from Goma Greens are superior in taste and quality. Not to mention they smell so fresh! But before I tell you what I did with them, let me tell you a little about what makes this farm-to-door service so amazing.
Goma Greens (started by the same neighbor who was selling apples in the fall) is a weekly fruit and veggie delivery service in Shanghai. Literally, from the farm to your door! No processing factories. Your produce isn’t sitting on a shelf for lord knows how long. It’s not being sprayed by strange and dangerous chemicals. Collaborating with farmers in Pudong and Hunan, you’ll only receive fruits and vegetables that are in season. According to Goma Greens’ website:
Some of our farm partners are certified with the ‘Green Food’ label, which is a Chinese eco-certification offering reduced pesticide levels. Others are committed to using no chemical pesticides at all, but do not have the resources to carry out the long and expensive certification process. We want to support them nevertheless.
They also believe in giving back to the community. 10% of their earnings will be paid back to the local communities to projects that will inspire organic farming. They offer 2 sizes of boxes, delivered free:
Large Family Box: 8 kilos (350RMB)
Small Family Box: 4 kilos (199RMB)
Deliveries are on Wednesday’s and everything will be packaged neatly and you won’t see a piece of plastic in the bag! That’s great for the environment. They use brown paper bags and biodegradable boxes to keep your produce from jostling around and getting bruised.
Ordering couldn’t be any easier! You simply go to their website, fill out the simple form and select which box you want. Pay with WeChat Wallet and PayPal for a weekly subscription that can be put on hold while you’re away on vacation or unsubscribe (but I don’t see why you would do that after you get your first box!).
Speaking of your first box, you’ll receive a lovely Recipe Binder with recipes courtesy of EQ, a European eatery with an uncompromising attitude to quality. Each week they include a new recipe to add to your binder. It’s a sweet perk for this recipe collector!
I have been super impressed with the quality and the variety of the produce I’ve received so far. I was easily able to use everything in my box each time, since the fruits and vegetables were items that I purchase on a regular basis anyways. I didn’t need to buy much during the week to supplement.
I’m sold and I can’t wait for my next box! It’s like Christmas every Wednesday in my kitchen haha!!!
So for the recipe… This was easy! Homemade Shortcakes with Strawberries. Toledo has an annual Strawberry Festival every June that we loved to go to. We would buy several styrofoam boxes filled with delicious Strawberry Shortcakes and I would gobble them up on my own. But of course being the good mother that I am I would give the kids a bite or two. Just to be nice.
Something I learned from the Strawberry Festival… Be patient once you assemble the shortcakes. The longer you let the strawberries soak into the shortcake the tastier it’ll be. Personally I like my shortcake dripping in strawberry juice. So much so that the shortcake turns into mush! Yummy!
The recipe is so easy and will make 12 jumbo shortcakes or 24 small shortcakes. (The small ones are the perfect size for your little ones.)
Take these Homemade Shortcakes with Goma Strawberries to your friends house and enjoy them together!
You'll be ready for summer with this delicious Homemade Strawberry Shortcake!
- 1 pound Goma Strawberries
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 4 ounces Butter, very cold and grated
- 3/4 cup Buttermilk
- 1 Egg
- 1 cup Heavy Cream
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- In a medium bowl, whisk the dry ingredients.
- Add grated butter to the bowl and freeze for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix buttermilk and egg in a separate bowl.
- Remove flour-butter mixture from the freezer and cut the flour, with a fork or pastry cutter until you have coarse crumbles. Add the buttermilk and egg. Use your hands to stir together to form a ball.
- Pour dough onto a well-floured surface, and pat it down to 1/2" thick.
- Cut the biscuits with a 2" round cutter and place them on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes or until tops are golden.
- Allow to cool.
- For the Cream
- With an electric mixer, beat all ingredients on low for 1-2 minutes then increase speed and whip until soft peaks form. Do not over mix!
Make your own buttermilk, by stirring 3/4 tablespoon in a 3/4-cup capacity measuring cup. Add milk to make 3/4cup of buttermilk. Set aside for 5 minutes.