Strawberries and Asparagus!

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  2017 Asparagus & Strawberries

we have STRAWBERRIES AND ASPARAGUS!

We have opened our fields for picking, Each day of sunshine brings more strawberries!

Typically, strawberries come in about May 1 and then peak about Mid-May (about May 13 through Memorial weekend) and dwindle down towards the end of May or early June.  Availability is dependent on weather and crowds on any given day.  We are open and the fields are open daily from 9am-6pm.  Feel free to call the market with any questions.   540-899-9848.  Pick-your-own strawberries are currently $2.99 a pound.

If you are looking for a large quantity of pre-picked strawberries, please call first for availability.  The strawberries that are PRE-PICKED are $3.99 a pound in the market.

We have pre-picked asparagus in the market!  It is $5.00 per pound.  Asparagus is the only crop that is NOT pick-your-own.

(BLACKBERRIES, RASPBERRIES, BLACK RASPBERRIES AND BLUEBERRIES PRODUCE IN JUNE!)

Pick-Your-Own strawberries are sold “by the pound”.  After you pick your berries, please take them into the market to be weighed for payment.  Please do not eat in the fields!

PICK YOU OWN INSTRUCTIONS:    Please check in with the Market when you arrive to get a “busket” to put your picked berries in.  This is a 4 quart basket/bucket that has air holes on the sides so that the berries in the middle can get air to them.  The berries will need cool air or they will deteriorate.  (Please do not leave them in your car after your purchase!)  This busket is pre-weighed in 0ur system so that when you bring in your picked berries, the scale will deduct the weight of the busket so that you will not be paying for the weight of the busket.  This busket can be used for any Pick Your Own at Braehead Farm!  Just bring it back with you!

We charge $1.00 for the busket if you would like to keep it.   We recommend the busket for all berry purchases to keep your berries in and keep them fresher and aerated.  Do not wash your berries until you get ready to eat them.  Just store them in your refrigerator in the busket until you are ready to eat them!

We also sell flats with fiber quart containers in them.  We charge $2.00 for the flat.

We have 5 different types of strawberries in our fields.  They all have a different size and taste.

We have orange flags in the fields.  When you come to a row there will be a small flag in the ground.  Pick up the flag, pick your row, and put the flag down where you finished so that the person coming behind you knows where the prior person left off and they know where to begin!

Strawberry tips:

  • A  quart equals 1 and 1/2 pounds of fresh  berries. Strawberries measurements: 1 quart = 2 pints = 4 cups and is      about the same as 1 liter and weighs 1.25 lbs to 1.5 lbs (or 600 to 700g). The weight varies on variety and weather conditions.  1 quart is normally enough for 4 servings.
  • Unripe berries will not ripen once picked. Select plump, firm, fully red berries. Be sure to pick the berry from the stem and leave the hulls on.
  • Keep the strawberries out of the sun and heat.  Strawberries quickly mold and perish when left at room temperature, and only last about 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • You can easily freeze berries that you cannot use right away.  Wash, cut the hulls off and put the berries into a ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible.  The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.
  • Braehead Farm strawberries are not sprayed with any kind of pesticide.  The plants are treated with a fungicide.  No fungicide or pesticides have been sprayed on the berries.  The fungicide we use is on the Green list.
  • If you would  like to help the farmer, please pick off any berries you see that have rot, insect or sun damage and put them between the rows.  This helps to keep rot from spreading to the other berries on the plant.

For more strawberry picking and storing tips, go to http://www.pickyourown.org/strawberries.htm