This week I ventured out to a local farm for some old fashioned strawberry picking. What fun! This was my 2nd time picking strawberries by hand and I did it right this time around. Armed with my own bag and comfy sneakers, I wandered up & down the aisles looking for just the right spot. Far away from the other pickers, I found an area that hadn’t been over-picked. It really is a lot of fun, because it’s like going on a treasure hunt. You’ll see a lot of berries but you only want the ripe, plump ones. After ½ hour in the heat and humidity, I’d had enough but here’s what I learned:
- Take your own small bag to put your strawberries in (most farms will charge you for one if you don’t have your own). Also, bring a few large zip-loc bags with you to line your tote bag. Otherwise, the berries will make a mess in your tote bag. If you’re planning on running errands afterwards and it’s a hot day, bring a small cooler with ice packs to put your berries in after you pick them.
- Wear comfortable, closed toed shoes. You may be walking around for a bit and you also want to protect your feet.
- When you bring them home to clean, don’t soak them. Otherwise, they’ll end up mushy and ruined. I’ve learned the hard way! Gently rinse in cold water and drain/dry immediately. If you don’t dry them well, they’ll get nasty. You might even want to wait to wash until you’re ready to devour them. If you plan to use them for smoothies or other frozen desserts, you can rinse and freeze right away.
Bring your camera to take some fun pictures.
If you’re not sure where to find a farm that offers pick-your-own, try some online farm directories for guidance. Here is one example. Have fun and enjoy your fresh strawberries.