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Strawberries make for a sweet season

Chef Jeffrey P. Fournier began growing strawberries at the age of 10.
Chef Jeffrey P. Fournier began growing strawberries at the age of 10.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

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Strawberry ice cream, strawberry sundae, strawberry caramel crème brûlée, strawberry preserves on parsnip pudding. Oh, and strawberry shortcake, with angel food cake, strawberry puree, and strawberry ice cream.

The pièce de résistance: fresh local strawberries , the long-awaited sign that summer has arrived.

These are just some of the strawberry-themed desserts featured this month at 51 Lincoln in Newton, one of 19 restaurants participating in this year’s Mass Farmers Markets Strawberry Dessert Festival.

Strawberries were an easy choice for the festival, said Alison Dagger, outreach and volunteer manager for Mass Farmers Markets. It’s no surprise that they easily outrank competing seasonal offerings like peas, onions, and cabbage.

“There's something about that little red fruit,” she said. “Everybody gets excited about it.”

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