May is Strawberry Month
The Strawberry Patch is NOW CLOSED for 2016. We look forward to picking again in May 2017.
Stay tuned to our Facebook Page for updates.
The patch is subject to change based on weather conditions and crop care.
How It Works:
1. When you arrive, please park in the grass parking lot designated for U-Pick customers.
2. Next, find a Fifer staff person inside our Country Store for daily picking instructions on weekdays. On Saturdays, there may be an attendant in the patch. We are closed Sundays.
3. Containers are provided for your convenience. This is also required for food safety. Please do not bring your own containers unless they are clean Fifer berry buckets.
4. After receiving your picking containers and instructions, follow the U-Pick strawberry signs out to the patch. Please do not walk outside the strawberry patch area. This is a working farm with equipment such as tractors, trucks and forklifts in operation. Please pay attention to the ‘do not enter’ signage for your safety and ours.
5. Fill your containers with red, ripe and juicy strawberries. (See how to pick below)
6. Get the berries home quickly and refrigerate. Wash them just before you eat them and enjoy!
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How To Pick:
With the strawberry lightly in your hand, grasp the stem just above the berry and pinch with your thumb and index finger.
- Make sure to pick only the fully red strawberries. Berries with white or green tips will be not be fully sweet. Strawberries are one of the fruits that do not ripen after they are picked, so be sure to pick only mature, red berries.
- Size is not an important characteristic. Small red berries taste just as good, if not better, than large red berries. Again, color is the most important quality to look for.
- Strawberries like to hide! Be sure to look deep in the center of the plants for hidden red strawberries.
- Do not pick flowers or green berries as this hurts the strawberry plants.
- The best berry picking is usually on the far end of the patch where fewer pickers venture. A little extra walking is usually worth the effort for easy, prime picking.
- All produce should be washed before eating at home. Please do not consume strawberries in the field.
- Do not overfill your containers to where berries are falling on the ground. The weight of overfilled containers crushes the berries at the bottom. A level-filled container is best. You can always get additional containers if needed.
- Please stay in your row. Do not jump over or straddle the plastic raised beds.
- Please do not walk-on or tear black plastic raised beds
- Children must be under adult supervision at all times.
- When you get home…cool your berries down as soon as possible after picking.
- Do not wash strawberries until right before you are ready to eat them.
- Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. It’s always best to wear comfortable closed toed shoes. Sandals and flip flops are not recommended in the patch.
- No pets allowed in the strawberry patch per food safety guidelines
- We work hard to keep Fifer Orchards clean and enjoyable. Please do not leave trash in the fields. Waste baskets are available for your convenience.
- Restrooms and hand sinks are available. Beverages are available for sale in our Country Store.
Simply wash and drain well on paper towel. Place the berries in your freezer on a cookie sheet single layered. After frozen, move the berries into freezer tight containers or plastic bags and then place back in the freezer for long term storage. The berries are good for up to 1 year in the freezer. Great for smoothies!