Tips for picking strawberries at Straight River Farm:
Feel free to call anytime, but please call before leaving home, as picking conditions can change and we can't predict picking more than 1-2 days in advance.
Occasionally, mostly very early in the season, 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 update on Facebook and our outgoing message as quickly as we can to let you know about any changes in schedule.
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.
Strawberry Picking update:
Closed for 2021
First and foremost we want to thank all of our customers for their support over the years. We truly appreciate you and your business.
In trying to meet just one day’s demand for strawberries, we realized that we couldn’t be open as usual for berries this summer due to crop losses from late frosts and extended hot, dry weather, exacerbated by equipment (irrigation pump) breakdowns. We are working for and planning toward a much better outcome for 2022. The new berry fields look marvelous (very few weeds!) and the irrigation pump has been rebuilt and working well for the remainder of 2021. Straw was delivered to go on in November to protect the plants for next year.
We hope to see you in June 2022!
3733 220th St E, Faribault MN 55021
Telephone: 507-334-2226 Email:email@example.com
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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.
Straight River Farm © 2021
Fruit from our farm to your table
Thank you to all of our customers. Whether you pick-your-own or buy pre-picked, we appreciate your business.
We update our phone message daily, 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:
Picking conditions can change,
please call 507-334-2226
to verify before leaving home!
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. Place in a single layer on a cookie sheet and put 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 (4 cups)
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.
An excellent source for recipes and canning, freezing, drying directions is www.pickyourown.org.