Strawberries

U-Pick Strawberries – STRAWBERRY SEASON HAS ENDED, SEE YOU IN 2018

Strawberry Season 

We offer 17 acres of prime U-PICK strawberries for your enjoyment! Picking your own strawberries at Stade’s Farm & Market is a great way to spend a summer day with your family and friends.

Please sign up for our email updates and watch our website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and our Newsletter for more information. Stade’s Farm offers other U-Pick crops such as sugar snap peas, raspberries, green beans, tomatoes and pumpkins.

Strawberry U-Pick Pricing 
• $4 for a 1-quart basket
• $6 for a 2-quart basket
• $12 for a 4-quart basket
• $10 for each 4-quart basket when you purchase SIX or MORE.

Note: A $4 minimum strawberry purchase per person is required to enter the strawberry patch. This means that every person entering the strawberry patch to pick berries must at least purchase a 1-quart container (you may purchase a larger size and apply the $4 minimum toward the larger container). Although, there IS NOT an admission fee to pick berries, just to be clear each person must make a minimum $4 purchase to enter the field to pick.
Baskets are included in the price and picking is only allowed into Stade’s containers.

We accept all forms of payment except American Express.

U-Pick Hours (during strawberry season)
During the regular strawberry season, we are open daily from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We recommend you check our website, Twitter and/or Facebook for the most recent picking, crop, and weather conditions that may affect your u-pick experience. Stade’s reserves the right to close the Strawberry Field due to inclement weather (heavy rain, thunder, lightning and/or high winds) without advance notice in order to protect their customers and employees.

Farm Market
During the strawberry season, we typically have our own homegrown asparagus, rhubarb, spinach, radishes, lettuce, and other produce depending on how warm/early spring is. Our bakery will be open daily, offering our famous homemade cider donuts and fresh-baked pies. We harvest our own local honey, (limited supply) right here at Stade’s Farm as well. The market carries many spices, soup mixes, bread and pancake mixes, as well as a nice selection of Gluten-free items.

How to Pick Berries
Choose your strawberries carefully. Leave the stem attached to the berry. Your strawberries should be a bright red color. Berries that appear orange or slightly green are not ripe. Strawberries do not ripen after being removed from the plant. The size of a strawberry does not affect how sweet the fruit will taste.

Storing Your Berries
After selecting your strawberries, take them home and gently wash your strawberries in cool water to remove any dirt. You can then keep them in the refrigerator. Strawberries make a terrific snack, dessert, or compliment to any meal. Whether you prefer strawberry shortcake, strawberry smoothies, or strawberry pancakes, the delicious taste of strawberries is sure to delight.

When purchasing berries, remember, you will want to have enough to freeze for future use. If you plan on saving strawberries for the rest of the year, freeze them when they are in season. Doing this will provide you with the best flavor and ensure you have berries to enjoy all year long.

Freezing Strawberries
To freeze your strawberries you will want to remove the tops and core from the berry. A simple trick to remove the tops is by using a straw. A sturdy straw is a great tool. (Note: The bendable kind does not work well.) Poke the straw through the bottom of the berry aiming it toward the center of the top. Press through until the core and the top easily pops free from the rest of the strawberry. This works like a charm!

After you have washed your strawberries and removed the tops, place them on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. A single layer spread across the cookie sheet works best. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer until the strawberries are completely frozen (about 1 hour). By doing this you prevent the berries from sticking together. Once your berries are frozen, gently transfer the strawberries into a freezer tight bag. Note: Frozen strawberries will be slightly softer after thawing when compared to fresh fruit.

Stocking up on fresh, ripe strawberries when they are in season can help keep your diet healthy all year long. A few simple steps now will have you and your family enjoying the delicious sweet taste of red strawberries for months to come.

See you at the patch,

Vern & Gayle Stade

Strawberry Facts
Nothing compares to the taste of a fresh vine ripened strawberry!

• Unlike some other fruits, strawberries do not continue to ripen after being picked.
• The strawberry plant is a perennial plant that will remain productive for about five years.
• Strawberries wear their seeds on the outside, with the average berry containing approximately 200 seeds.
• Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
• Strawberries are members of the rose family.
• When ripe, strawberries are bright red, juicy and very sweet.
• Belgium has a museum dedicated to strawberries. Le Musée de la Fraise
• Strawberries can also be pickled.
• Seventy percent of a strawberry’s roots are located in the top three inches of soil.
• The flavor of a strawberry is influenced by weather, the variety and stage of ripeness when harvested.
• Strawberries are grown in every state in the United States and every province of Canada.
• Strawberries are delicate and require gentle handling to prevent bruising.
• According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the annual per capita consumption of fresh and frozen strawberries is 4.85 pounds.

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
-The Bible, Psalm 65:8-10