Strawberry season has arrived Minnesota. Bet you weren’t expecting it this early! Picking started almost a full two weeks ahead of last year and average seasons. Today the kitchen partner and I are processing a flat of berries from our picking on the weekend. It’s a much cooler day to be making jam than yesterday!
If you’d like to get in on the short berry season (3-4 weeks depending on weather), it’s best to pick this week or next. With the heat we’ve had, berries will ripen quickly and be less stable once picked. Here’s info from a Find it Local Friday: Strawberry Post from last year about Twin Cities Metro picking spots:
Strawberry season is remarkably short, but incredibly abundant in Minnesota. When it begins this week, venture out to a pick-your-own patch and start making your own strawberry memories. Bake a pie or shortcakes topped with local whipped cream. Grab some spinach at the farmers’ market this weekend and toss it with berries and a vinaigrette for an easy salad. Drop a few in a glass of local white wine.
It’s always best to call ahead for picking information
Pine Tree Apple Orchard White Bear Lake, MN (651) 429-7202
Afton Apple Orchards Afton, MN (651) 436-8385
Wyatt’s Strawberry Hastings, MN (651) 437-8479
Applewood Orchard Lakeville, MN (952) 985-5425
Need more info? Check out the Minnesota Grown Strawberry Quicklink!
Here’s three of my favorite strawberry recipes from 2011. If you’re up for a bigger project, there’s also a how-to clip of easy strawberry freezer jam I put together with 20Food.net last year.