A few years ago I read about “pick your own” fields. I knew I wanted to try going. I first went in 2013 and now it has become an annual tradition to pick your own in a patch of strawberries. Each year, usually in early to mid-June we head over to Fitch’s Farm Market in Avon, Ohio to pick strawberries. Usually we fill two containers, which totals eight quarts worth of berries.
The process is relatively simple. Grab some provided baskets and go picking in the designated areas. I believe our skills improve toward the end of our venture as I realize better berries were in the middle of the field. We spend a lot of time picking small berries at the beginning… thinking that’s all there was! If you go earlier in the season I’m sure the selection is better as well.
The first year we picked we paid just under $20. The cost has gone up a bit with inflation. This year it was $22. We brought containers from home to store the berries (although they would have given us a plastic bag if needed).
I read up on berry picking before we went to Fitch’s and learned it’s best not to wash the berries until you are ready to eat them. As soon as you wash them they begin to spoil. I also learned that strawberries do not ripen off the vine, so you are best to pick red and juicy ones from the start if possible.
Patch of Strawberries
I have a few strawberry plants in my home garden, but being I only have three my crop is usually no more than enough for a salad topping. The “pick your own” concept is really fun if you are willing to put in the time and effort to pick the actual berries and then clean them at home.
For a more natural, local food – it is worth it to me to pick a patch of strawberries. I am hoping to investigate more “pick your own” farms in the future. There are pick your own blueberries and apples nearby.
Have you been to a “pick your own” farm before? What did you pick?
*This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated and republished for accuracy and comprehensiveness.