As I was driving to work this morning I passed by a small roadside stand selling fresh, locally-grown strawberries! I immediately made a mental note to stop on the way home and buy several quarts. I love fresh berries – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or just about any other kind of berry. In mid-June we’re celebrating berries with our Berry Jam Festival Friday, June 19th & Saturday, June 20th. I’ve been checking out the exotic berry creations our food gurus plan to make for the festival – all the while drooling with anticipation. Guests to the Village have the opportunity to sample all sorts of berry treats during the festival ranging from frosty drinks to pies and delicious desserts to main entrees using berries in ways that I never dreamed of! I can hold my own in the kitchen, but am not the most creative at less-traditional flavor combinations. So, I’m always anxious to see new recipes from our food service managers. Then there’s the music – this is the Berry JAM Festival! What better way to spend a mid-June Friday and Saturday – music … berries … and Kitchen Kettle Village!