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Weather can have an extreme effect on crop conditions. Harvest times can vary by as much as two weeks so its best to check the website for opening dates. Strawberries are affected by weather (both rain and cooler temperature) and a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon. All varieties may not be available for pick your own. Daily crop availability changes.
U-pick strawberries are much healthier than store-bought.
One cup of strawberries contains only 43 calories.
Next Pick your Own will be the Raspberries usually in late July.
* Select plump, firm, fully red berries. The small berries are often most flavorful. Unripe berries will not ripen once picked.
* Part the leaves with your hands to look for hidden berries ready for harvest.
* Grasp the stem just above the berry between the forefinger and the thumbnail and pull with a slight twisting motion.
* With the stem broken about one-half inch from the berry, allow it to roll into the palm of your hand.
* Carefully place - don't throw - the fruit into your containers.
You can easily freeze berries that you can not use right away - just wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible. Those vacuum food sealers REALLY do a good job of this! The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.
If you use your own containers, remember that heaping strawberries more than 5 inches deep will bruise the lower berries. Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large pots make good containers.
If you plan to hold the fruit for a few days, try to pick in the early morning or on cool, cloudy days.
DON'T wash the berries until you are ready to use them. Washing makes them more prone to spoiling.
You can taste the different kinds of fresh strawberries as you pick them. YUM!
How to Pick Strawberries
Strawberry pickin' knows no age!
Rinse Berries in a Vinegar Solution to Keep Them Fresh Longer
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