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Do Not Pick Strawberries Until You Read This!

We have a vegetable garden but no strawberries. So we picked strawberries at Valley Home Strawberry Farm.

If you plan on visiting a pick your own strawberry farm these tips will help.

  1. Wet picked strawberries mold within HOURS! Can you guess how we found out? We picked right after a rain. The next day  I had to throw out a dozen quarts of moldy berries!! If you pick wet berries lay them out on a single layer to dry.
  2. Strawberries quickly mold at room temperature, and only last a couple of days in the refrigerator.
  3. Unripe berries will not ripen once picked. These are not tomatoes, you cannot fry green strawberries.
  4. Freeze berries that you can not use right away – just wash, cut the hulls off and put in a vacuum food sealer. They will keep for months.
  5. Be sure the cap remains on the strawberry by pinching the stem between the thumb and forefinger. This will prevent damage to both the fruit and the strawberry plant
  6. Fresh or frozen strawberries are super in Green Smoothies!
  7. Always wash fruit before eating. (Pay no attention to the woman eating the strawberry before washing in the photo below.)

Will you be picking berries this year?

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  1. Dana says:

    We won’t be picking any, but we’re planting 75 plants as soon as they get here so hopefully we’ll be picking lots next year!

  2. Stephanie says:

    They look delish! Sorry you lost so many :( We might do this later this summer, so thanks for the tips!

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  6. Hope Egan says:

    THANK YOU for these words of wisdom. I was just getting ready to take my 4-year old on a big strawberry picking fest. Now I’m reconsidering!

  7. Robin,
    I have a question I need to email you but I don’t know where to email it to. Could you please email me so I can. It is something I need answers for and you were the only one I could think of. Sorry I had to leave this here but didn’t know where to leave it.

    Thank you and blessings<
    -Mary

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