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Tuesday's Top 10: Sweet Strawberry Patches to Pick From

LongIsland.com

For summer's freshest berries, go to a pick-your-own farm!

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June marks the beginning of berry season. Everyone wants summer’s fresh berries.  Instead of picking up your berries at the grocery store or farmer’s market, how about picking them off the bushes yourself? One of the best ways to enjoy berries is to pick-your-own where you simply pay for the cost of a quart and fill them up with the season’s best fruits. 

Good to know before you go:

  • Hours and availability vary depending on the crops, so please call ahead for the schedule the day you plan to go. Also, be aware that sometimes they get “picked out."
  • Wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty without care, and footwear that is comfortable for walking. Wear sunscreen and hats.
  • Grasp the stem just above the berry between the forefinger and the thumbnail and pull with a slight twisting motion.
  • With the stem broken about one-half inch from the berry, allow it to roll into the palm of your hand.
  • Unripe berries will not ripen once picked.
  • One cup of strawberries contains only 43 calories.
  • Be careful that your feet and knees do not damage plants or fruit in or along the edge of the row.

Check out some of our top picks for pick-your-own strawberries:

 

Where is your favorite strawberry patch?  Let us know on LongIsland.com's Forum.