June 9, 2016

Picking Strawberries

Here at the farm, it’s strawberry picking time!

I love these first fruits of summer - homegrown strawberries are so tasty. Strawberries are also among the easiest berries to grow. They are cold-hardy and adaptable, and can be planted in both garden beds and containers.

Last year, we created a large strawberry patch in one area of the farm. All the plants came from Glover Perennials in Cutchogue, New York. The varieties we planted include: ‘Fragola Quattro Stagioni’, ‘Reine des Vallees’, ‘Ruegen’, Fragola Di Bosco’, ‘Strawberry Tribute’, ‘Quinault’, ’Seascape’, ‘Mara des Bois’, and 'Weiss Solemacher’. Strawberry production varies greatly depending on the climate, cultivar, and conditions in which the plants are grown, but after the first year, fruits should be plentiful. And this week, we started picking boxes of delicious red, juicy, sweet strawberries. Here are photos from our planting process and our recent harvest. Enjoy.