Strawberry Season generally lasts from early June through early July, with variations every season due to weather conditions.
Always check the Picking conditions page or call the picking information line (508) 393-6406 for up to date picking information before coming out to the farm
Strawberry Picking Tips:
- Your group will be assigned a picking spot. Pick All RIPE FRUIT – LARGE AND SMALL in your spot. Ripe fruit is RED with no white or green. Clean picking is necessary so that we do not put other people in your spot to pick what you left behind. Social Distancing!! You don’t want to pick through what someone else left behind, right?
- Pick from the center of the strawberry beds on both sides in towards the middle
- Spread the leaves and LIFT THE CLUSTERS of fruit. You will find lots of beautiful fruit hiding in “plain sight”. Pinch the stems so that you don’t crush the berries. They keep longer with their caps intact.
- If you have picked all the ripe fruit in your spot, please ask the harvest guide to assign you a new spot. Please walk only on the straw between the rows and in cross aisles. No Row Hopping!
- Place any over ripe or damaged fruit into a provided “icky berry” bucket. When you are finished picking, give the bucket to a staff person or leave it at the composting station. This is crucial for our pest managing system. We thank you for helping us keep things tidy.
- Plant flag in center of walk aisle (not in the bed) where you stopped picking.
- Supervise your children, keep them close, and teach them how to pick correctly. Have fun!
- Need a new spot? Please Ask! Need more packaging or help getting fruit back to the building? Please Ask!
It is important to remember that you are harvesting a food crop to feed to your family. Please practice good health and safe food practices before, during, and after harvest. Wear clean clothes, and wash your hands thoroughly after using the restrooms and before you go to the fields. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home. Dogs are not permitted on the farm due to many health regulations, please leave them at home where they are more comfortable than locked in your car.
Health regulations discourage eating in the fields and Barnyard area. If you are reusing containers or bringing containers from home, make sure that they are clean and sturdy. Dirty containers will not be permitted to be used for harvest.
Strawberries are a delicate fruit. Do not overfill your container as it will crush your berries. Do not leave them in a hot car, and once home, divide them into smaller containers and refrigerate. Rinse your berries just before eating or preparing. Their quality is best when used within 24 hours, but will keep a few days if properly picked and stored.
For more information on freezing and jamming as well as recipes go to our Farm Cookbook