The strawberry pie from last week had us daydreaming all weekend about crouching in the warm summer sun, plucking a ripe, juicy berry from the row stretching out before us, and immediately popping it into our mouths.
If you don't have a garden of your own, the next best thing is a trip out to a pick-your-own farm where the berries are sweet and the prices are right.
We especially love to bring kids on picking trips, as they fill with wide-eyed wonder at the riches before them. For city kids, it means room to run and play outside, and a better connection with where their food comes from. But since they'll be sure to eat almost as many as they put in a basket, it's especially important to find a good organic farm.
Pick Your Own is a great resource, in spite of a clumsy design. It allows you to search by state. Many of the farms aren't organic, but those that are, are marked as such. You can also call your state's department of agriculture, which should be able to tell you of strawberry farms near you.
Here in New York City, the closest organic pick-your-own strawberry farm that we've found is Thompson Finch, about two hours from the city. Does anyone know of a closer farm?
Strawberry season is peaking in California, just beginning in the deep south, and here in the northeast, won't arrive for another few weeks. We wonder if this latest bout of cold rainy weather will delay it further. So be sure to call the farms before you go, to ensure that they are open for picking.
And if you're not a strawberry fan, or don't have a farm near you, don't despair. There's always cherries, peaches, apples, pumpkins.... The list goes on.
Related: Have You Ever Toured a Farm?
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