National Pick Strawberry Day
May 20th is National Pick Strawberry Day and nothing says spring and summer then fresh fruit. Picking strawberries ripe from the vines and eating them is the best thing. Nice red, juicy fruit and nothing tastes better then that. During this time, many strawberry farms around the country open their doors so that you can come and pick strawberries.
Strawberry picking is a wonderful activity for the whole family and it is rewarding too. Not only do you get fresh fruit to eat and make luscious recipes out, but you are supporting local farmers. Strawberry picking times vary depending on the region and what type of strawberries the farmers have. It usually runs from April to late June.
Tips for Picking Strawberries
1. Call your local strawberry farm for times before you head out. Also verify that the strawberries are available and if you need to bring your own containers to fill. Many farms only accept cash or cheques, so make sure that you have the you know how your strawberry farm wants to be paid and have the appropriate payment method with you.
2. Make sure you have enough time ~ depending on how much you want, how fast you pick and how many of you are picking will depend on how much time you will need.
3. Know what quantity of fruit you want or need. Strawberries have only a short shelf life,will get moldy quickly when left on the counter and last only a few days in the fridge. It is wonderful to have fresh fruit but you may be losing money if you get too much and have to throw them away.
4. Bring the right equipment – you will need containers to place your strawberries in, either plastic or metal will work. Also remember strawberries grow on the ground, you may want to bring knee pads or a small chair to sit on as you pick.
5. Be prepared for the weather ~ you may want to bring a hat, water and sunscreen if it is too hot. Also you may need to bring repellent for those nasty bugs and mosquito that may be flying around.
6. Know which berries to pick. You want to pick plump, firm berries. Remember strawberries stop ripening when you pick them, so you want to pick them red. If the tips are red, the berry is ready to eat.
Source: Strawberry Picking
Strawberries are wonderful to use in many different recipes both sweet and savory. They can be part of any meal, dessert or in your drink. Here are a few recipes for you to try..
This and That- Basil Strawberry Lemonade
Cindy’s Recipes and Writing: Strawberry Pineapple Chicken Salad
Walking on Sunshine: Chocolate Covered Heart Strawberries
This and That: Fish with Strawberry Salsa and Rhubarb Compote
Winelady Cooks: Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
The Chef Next Door: Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips
From Calculus to Cupcakes: Strawberry Pavlova
The Chef Next Door: Spinach Strawberry Salad with Fresh Mozzarella
Cindy’s Recipes and Writings: Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
In the Kitchen with Jenny: Strawberry and Cream Mini Muffins
In the Kitchen with Jenny: Strawberry and Cream Trifle
Wine Lady Cooks: Old Fashion Strawberry Shortcake
Will you be going strawberry picking on
National Pick Strawberry Day?