It’s Strawberry Picking Season for Families in Connecticut — one of our favorite times of year because we get to pick your own fruits and vegetables! Travel around with us, please — give us your updates on Facebook and together we can share how to feed ourselves better, keep active with our kids, and support local farmers and businesses.
Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries all in one place at Carini’s Berry Farm in Glastonbury – it’s well groomed and customer-friendly. Another close by is Rose’s Berry Farms. West of Hartford is a new find for us: Deeply Rooted Farms in Harwinton which is the first and only farms in Connecticut to offer extended strawberry harvest from as early as the end of May until hard frost in the fall.
Strawberries are finishing most places, still going in the north. Click here for easy strawberry jam making directions. Have you ever made your own ice cream? How to make ice cream also provided by pickyourown.org.
June through mid July is the best time for blueberries – we found this county map online plus state’s crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. Another resource is the CT Department of Agriculture’s list of CT Pick-Your-Own Farms. We’re heading to 4H Auer Farm in Bloomfield – a peaceful, small farm environment with an educational barn of animals. Best is to check their Facebook page for updates or call.
Organic farms can now be found in CT! The state’s list can be found at http://www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?a=3260&q=431072. If you find a “pick-your-own” organic farm please let us know!
Pick-your-own isn’t the only way to go — but definitely buy local for the freshest stuff, to patronize other entrepreneurs and our state’s economy! Check out this functional page of Connecticut Farms featured on Buy Locally CT which also lists Farmer’s Markets and local products — cute finds of all sorts.
Strawberry Events featuring farm-fresh strawberry shortcake along with grilled foods, handmade crafts, amusements and entertainment for the entire family: