Vermont Strawberry Tips
Picking and Storing Strawberries
Picking Strawberries! What a fun, Vermont thing to do. Timing of course is everything. Vermont Living presents the Vermont Strawberry Field and PYO Strawberry Guide. Below is a listing of Vermont strawberry farms and fields where you can pick your own berries and some Vermont farmstands that sell strawberries. This information is subject to changes and peak harvesting time will vary with the New England weather. Please call in advance for directions and to confirm fruit availability. VTLiving thanks you for supporting Vermont Farmers. Ask us about Made in Vermont Product or share comments. To feature your Made in Vermont products, contact us.
Preserving & Picking Strawberries
The Dutton Berry Farmstands, Route 30, Newfane, VT and Route 11-30 in Manchester, VTand Route 9 in West Brattleboro, VT Ph: 802-365-4168.
Dutton Berry Farmstands are well known for their Vermont grown produce and other unique local products. Dutton's offers pick your own strawberries and raspberries and who can not resist taking a taste while berry picking. Come join us for strawberry and raspberry season at Dutton Berry Farm!
Scott Farm Orchard, 707 Kipling Road, Dummerston, VT 05301 | 802-254-6868
The Scott Farm, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been in active cultivation since 1791. This 571 acre farm includes over 120 varieties of ecologically grown heirloom apples on 40 acres. Harvest starts in late August and peaks in October. We have a pick-your-own orchard and numerous seasonal events. Check out website for details.
Strawberries are a favorite summertime treat for many people. Going and picking some yourself can make for a fun day with family and friends. Obviously, you want to get the most out of your strawberries. So, here are some tips to keep in mind while picking and later storing strawberries.
When it comes to selecting the perfect strawberry there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all select bright red berries that still have their cap. Keep in mind that the smaller berries are usually more sweet and flavorful. Avoid any that are moldy, soft, or shriveled.
Strawberries are best when eaten right away. Make sure not to wash them until right before you are ready to eat them. This is because water on berries will speed up deterioration. If storage is desired place the strawberries on a paper towel in a lightly covered container and place in the refrigerator. The strawberries usually keep for 2 – 3 days this way. Strawberries can also be frozen either whole or sliced, make sure to put them in a container made for the freezer. Strawberries can be kept this way for up to a year.
~ Megin K. for vtliving.com
Try Some Great Strawberry Recipes:
- Strawberry Jam
- Strawberry Cream Pie
- Strawberry Smoothie
- Strawberry Sauce
- Strawberry Mousse
- Spinach and Strawberry Salad
- Italian Strawberries