12866 Route 78, East Aurora, NY 14052 Google Map 716-655-4486

Strawberry care

We put a lot of time into growing our certified organic strawberries, and we want you to enjoy them as much as we do! Below, we've compiled a few tips to help you get the most out of your berries, as well as some information on why we grow organic strawberries. 

Why organic?

Strawberries are on the "dirty dozen" for a reason. We prefer to eat our strawberries without any pesticide residue on them, so we grow them organically. Organic strawberries are grown without the use of herbicides (weed killers), pesticides (bug killers), chemical soil fertilizers, and soil fumigants. Sure, we typically have a few more weeds than conventional strawberry farms, and yes, you will occasionally find different bugs and slugs in the strawberry field, but that's just life in the natural world.  

We plant our young strawberry plants every year, on soil that we rotate with other organic crops, which helps maintain biodiversity. After the plants are in the ground, we hand weed the fields many different times throughout the year to combat the weeds. While this is expensive and time consuming, we believe it's a healthier, more environmentally friendly option as opposed to herbicide use. We then apply a layer of our organically grown straw to protect and mulch the berries over the winter. In the spring, we hand rake all of the straw off, and the plants begin gathering energy from the sun, to eventually produce berries for 2-3 weeks. Strawberry season is short, but we truly love growing the berries.

Strawberry Care

Our strawberries are vastly different than grocery store berries shipped from California. The strawberry varieties we grow (14 different varieties), are selected for flavor, not for shelf life. We recommend enjoying strawberries the day you purchased them, which is almost always the day they were picked. If you can't use them all in one day, refrigerate them without washing. If you want to wash before eating, simply rinse them with cold water right before enjoying.

If you purchase "jam" berries from us, be prepared to do a bit of trimming to the less than perfect berries. 

Freezing strawberries is simple. Just remove the green cap, rinse berries if desired, and place in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, then place in freezer safe container. Frozen berries make excellent smoothies and baked goods, and are delicious thawed and added to oatmeal and yogurt, with the juices they release during thawing. 

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