Banana Walnut Pancakes with Fresh Strawberries Sauce

Contributed by Christina Russell

When I see fresh, ripe strawberries beginning to appear in my local market, it’s a sure sign that summer is just around the corner. We have a local star strawberry that’s so sweet and juicy, and there are only enough for a supply in Oregon – the Hood Strawberry grown by our local farmers. I picked up a couple of pints of ripe berries from New Seasons last week, and the depth and sweetness couldn’t be matched by the California berries I had bought the previous week at another market. The Hood berries had a wonderful aroma, and much deeper, richer flavor than the California berries, and they were extremely ripe, but not fuzzy. Here’s a recipe for enjoying our local strawberry harvest and helping to support our local farmers.