We use the Plasticulture Method.
It is raised beds with black plastic covering them. Drip irrigation tape runs under the black plastic to water and fertilize the plants. Beds are layed in September.
Plants are planted the first of October with a water wheel.
Plants continue to grow during the fall and winter.
Early Flowers are protected from the late frosts of March and April with a Row Cover. It will protect the plants from the cold weather.
Plasticulture strawberries are grown as annuals. We plant new plants every year.
Open Monday to Saturday.
Starting at 8am and open until the field is picked over each day
Come early to beat the heat and also benefit from the best picking of the day
Always call in advance for current picking conditions.
Strawberries available for picking mid-April to mid-June.
MOSTLY pick your own strawberries. Some prepicked berries are available.
All children are welcomed on our farm. We do require that the children remain supervised and with an adult at ALL TIMES.
Also available an assortment of Strawberry preserves, syrup, dressings, salsa and cider.
Strawberry Care and Handling
The best strawberries are the ones you pick yourself or buy from your local strawberry farm. These berries will be the freshest you can get, with little or no handling and travel. Nothing beats the flavor and fragrance of fresh-picked strawberries! Also watch for locally-grown strawberries in your neighborhood supermarket during the harvest season.
Pick by pinching the stem of the berry between your thumb and forefinger. This will prevent damage to both the fruit and the strawberry plant. Leaving the caps on helps your strawberries last longer. When selecting berries look for the ones that are plump, firm, and well colored. These are the best for all your needs--freezing, preserving, or eating just the way they are.
Strawberries are best when prepared and eaten in the same day, but if you must keep them longer, store them in your refrigerator. Arrange the berries in a shallow container, separating out any damaged berries. Cover them loosely, and keep at 35 degrees for best results. Do not remove the caps or wash the berries until you are ready to use them. When caps are removed before use, the berries lose some of their moisture. Washing early tends to bruise them and the berries lose their freshness.
When preparing (for whatever use), place the berries in a strainer and rinse with cool water. To remove the caps, give the caps a gentle twist or use the point of a sharp knife, trying not to remove any of the berry. The tip of an ordinary vegetable peeler makes a good tool for capping berries.
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