Picking conditions can change,
please call 507-334-2226
to verify hours the morning of your visit.
Tips for picking strawberries at Straight River Farm:
Feel free to call anytime, but please call the day of your visit, as picking conditions can change and we can't predict picking more than 1-2 days in advance.
Occasionally we get picked out. If the weather is cool, the berries will be slow to ripen, if hot they may ripen quickly - all at once. If it's very rainy, it may be too wet to go into the fields.
We provide containers for picking and transporting your strawberries. Our flat, waxed boxes hold about 10 pounds of strawberries when full. We have lots of boxes so we encourage you not to overfill them and crush the berries at the bottom. The weight of the boxes is not included in your total cost.
Pick fully red, ripe strawberries & leave anything that's only partially ripe for the next picker. Strawberries don't ripen after they're picked - they'll get more red color, but not more flavor - so half-ripe berries won't have the great flavor you expect. Leave the cap and stem on the berries until you're ready to eat or cook, them.
Drinking water, sunscreen, hats, kneeling pads, and (sometimes) insect repellent are all accompaniments that can make picking more enjoyable.
Our strawberry varieties were chosen for their versatility in freezing, canning & fresh eating, as well as their adaptability to our fields. They are:
Wendy: Our earliest variety. They have excellent fresh flavor and are firm, and bright red in color.
Cavendish: An early mid-season berry, dark red and medium firm with a very traditional strawberry flavor.
Jewel: Our main-season berry with bright red color, firm texture and traditional strawberry flavor.
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3733 220th St E, Faribault MN 55021
Telephone: 507-334-2226 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fruit from our farm to your table
COVID precautions for the 2020 strawberry season:
-Please wear masks when interacting with staff & stay 6-10 feet from non-family members.
-Please don't bring children under 10 - for their safety and ours.
-Hand washing stations will be available.
-There may be a wait time to get into the field and to check out; busiest time is 9-11 am; think about coming earlier, on Sundays (our quietest day), or later.
-Our hours may need to change due to supply & demand and will be posted as promptly as possible.
-If you're buying picked berries, exact change, a check already written, or using a credit or debit card is appreciated.
Care & keeping of strawberries:
Don't hull or wash strawberries until you're ready to eat or cook them. Cover them loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2-4 days.
To freeze whole berries, hull, rinse, and drain or dry berries. Put them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer. When frozen, remove from cookie sheets & put into plastic freezer bags or containers. Store them in the freezer up to 9 months. If your freezer space doesn't allow for the first method, place hulled, rinsed and dried whole berries loosely into containers and freeze.
To freeze cut berries, rinse, hull, and slice as you prefer. Put into plastic freezer containers or bags and store in the freezer up to 9 months.
Strawberries by the numbers:
1-1/4 to 1-1/2 pounds = 2 pints or 1 quart
A 5-lb box is about 4 quarts
1-1/2 quarts (6 cups) are needed for a 9-inch pie.
1 cup sliced berries = 1 10-oz box frozen berries
A traditional batch of jam needs about 6 cups of whole berries. We recommend you buy at least 2 quarts to make sure there are enough left after the family tastes a few for 'quality control' purposes.
An excellent source for recipes and canning, freezing, drying directions is www.pickyourown.org.
Strawberry Picking update:
The strawberry patch is closed for 2020. We hope to see you in June 2021!
Thank you to all of our customers. Whether you pick-your-own or buy pre-picked, we appreciate your business.
Thursday July 2 - 8 am-12 noon is the last day for strawberries!
Pre-picked berries will be available during open hours Tuesday June 30 - that will be the last day we have picked berries available.
We update our phone message, answer as many calls as we can during open hours, and post changes on Facebook. Please check before coming out later any day, or if the weather is questionable:
Strawberries are sold by the pound. For those of you who think in quarts, a quart of berries weighs about 1-1/4 lbs, so a 5-lb box is about 4 quarts.