We wait all year for the juicy berry goodness!
Picking berries is fun for the entire family.
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Strawberry Picking Tips:
- Call ahead to be sure the ‘Pick your Own Farms’ are open and ready for you. First PYO – Strawberries, then Raspberries
- Go early, especially on the weekend; a large turnout can pick the field clean.
- During Covid, Growers wil provide containers to collect your berries.
- Bring credit, some farms are not accepting cash.
- Bring something to drink and a few snacks; you’d be surprised how you can work up a thirst and appetite! And don’t forget hats and sunscreen.
- To pick, gently hold the stem between thumb and forefinger. Carefully pinch and break the stem to release the berry without squeezing the berry itself.
Storing and Preparing
- Remove any damaged berries as soon as possible. Trim damaged areas and use in sauces, ice creams or in baking where appearance doesn’t matter.
- Store berries in the refrigerator with hulls intact, unwashed, and lightly covered in a single layer. Use within three to six days.
- Just before serving, gently rinse under cold running water (avoid soaking because the strawberries will absorb water and lose flavour), gently pat dry with paper towels, and hull.
- Hull and freeze your Ontario Strawberries for a divine treat after the season!
Three easy strawberry recipes
- Freeze your strawberries and use instead of ice cubes!
- Fill a glass vase full of local berries. Place a bowl of freshly whipped cream or melted chocolate beside you and you will be the star of the party!
- Blend fresh strawberries into your lemonade
- Grill your Ontario strawberries
- More great recipes such as Strawberry Lemon Cream shots can be found atFoodland Ontario
- IF you can’t make it to the fields, the berries will be available at your local roadside fruit stands and if you don’t have time to organize a Strawberry Social, look for one in your community!