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Strawberries – The crop that kicks off summer!

Strawberries are famous for being the first fruit of the season to ripen, and their arrival is eagerly anticipated.

Strawberry picking is a fun family activity, and certainly the way to get the freshest fruit possible.

When picking strawberries there are a few things to remember:

  • Strawberries are very tender and bruise easily, so handle with care;
  • Grasp the stem and pull gently using a twisting motion;
  • Look under the leaves…sometimes the best fruit is hiding underneath;
  • Only pick berries that are fully red…they won’t continue to ripen once picked;
  • Strawberries are fragile! Carefully place them into your container to avoid bruising.

Fresh picked strawberries are best when eaten right away, but if you are storing them here are some tips:

  • Don’t wash them until you are ready to use them;
  • Store berries in an uncovered shallow container in the refrigerator;
  • Strawbs will remain fresh in the fridge for about three days after picking;
  • When ready to use, rinse berries under cold water and drain them well.

Not only is strawberry picking fun, it’s a great opportunity to select your own fruit and enjoy vine-ripe quality.

And remember, the season is short…only about three to four weeks long…so get picking!

Shady Brook Farm is hosting its own Strawberry Festival on June 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th and 15th, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, cost is $7.50/person.

Enjoy wagon rides to the strawberry fields to pick your own (strawbs are priced by the pound), live music, all new Chicken Show, jumping pillows, obstacle course, and lots more festival fun.

More info and tickets can be found at shadybrookfarm.com.