Sweet, Fresh Delights at Strawberry Fields

Norfolk’s Newest Gelato and Smoothie Shop Scoops Up Healthy and Heavenly Sweets

Strawberry Fields Smoothies & Gelato

Kate Gallagher

In their song “Strawberry Fields,” The Beatles sing, “Let me take you down ‘cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields. Nothing is real.” Fortunately, everything is deliciously real at Strawberry Fields, the new gelato and smoothie shop in Ghent. All of Strawberry Fields’ products are made fresh and in-house, which enables the shop to easily accommodate a variety of tastes and dietary restrictions—whether one prefers vegan or gluten-free products or decadent desserts.

Strawberry Fields is owned by Heather WynnHeather Wynn owns and manages the shop with a group of family and friends and says that when it comes to gelato, she and her team have fun experimenting with flavors. In addition to traditional gelato flavors like vanilla bean, Belgian chocolate, bacio (chocolate hazelnut) and stracciatella (a sweet cream gelato with chocolate chips), the shop serves up a variety of imaginative flavors such as ginger pear, orange creamsicle, Butterfinger and strawberry limoncello. Wynn also shared some of the shop’s crazier gelato inventions, including avocado-bacon, mint-watermelon and Fruity Pebbles. “It’s a matter of testing the new gelatos until the flavor is perfected,” she explained.

Wynn also expressed her appreciation for the shop’s location. “This street [Colley Avenue] is very community-driven,” she said. Wynn enjoys hearing feedback from customers who often offer their own ideas for new gelato flavors. “We’re always trying to come up with something new,” she said.

In case you haven’t had gelato, it’s similar to ice cream with some delicious differences. “Gelato is made with whole milk while ice cream is made with heavy cream. Gelato is actually richer and more flavorful than ice cream,” Wynn says. While making ice cream involves adding air during the churning process, gelato has little or no air added because it is churned at a slower speed than ice cream. At Strawberry Fields, the gelato is slow-churned in small batches. This gives the gelato its rich flavor and creamy, dense texture. Despite gelato’s richness, it is also lower in fat than ice cream.

Strawberry Fields offers fresh ingredientsAlong with the delectable gelato, Strawberry Fields offers a variety of smoothies and juices. The most popular smoothie is the eponymous Strawberry Fields, which is made with strawberries, bananas, vanilla gelato and fresh-squeezed apple juice. The second most popular is the Green Monster. A blend of spinach, kale, fresh-squeezed apple juice, bananas and Greek yogurt, the Green Monster is nutritious as well as delicious. Juices include apple, orange and carrot. For an additional charge, mango, pineapple, ginger, spinach, lemon or kale can be added to the juices.

Last but certainly not least, Strawberry Fields serves the Acai Bowl. On a 100-degree day, the Acai Bowl, with its cool blend of acai berries, strawberries, bananas, fresh apple juice, organic granola and honey, hits the spot. Wynn discovered the Acai Bowl during a visit to San Diego with her husband. High in antioxidants, acai berries are known for their health benefits. The bowl would make a perfect breakfast, post-workout snack or healthy treat any time of day.

So take your friends and family down to Colley Avenue ‘cause you’re going to Strawberry Fields.

Strawberry Fields is located at 1510 Colley Ave., Norfolk. Call 757-354-4297 or visit www.strawberryfieldsgelato.com to learn more, or just stop in to say hello!

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