Last Call for Pick-Your-Own Connecticut Grown Strawberries
School is out, summer is here, and Connecticut’s pick-your-own farms are bursting with ripe, juicy strawberries but not for long. Now is the time to visit a Connecticut berry patch for a fun experience with family and friends!
“Connecticut’s farmers are reporting that a strong strawberry season is coming to end after early heat pushed ripening earlier and right now fields are filled with flavor. The next few days will be prime weather for picking,” said Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt. “Visit a local farm to enjoy the fruits of our farmers labor – strawberries are ideal for snacking, smoothies, and more.”
When you head out to the strawberry patch look for plump, firm berries with a bright red color and natural shine. Once home, wash the berries, cut the stem away and store in a cool place. If storing in a refrigerator, wait to clean them until you eat them as rinsing speeds up spoiling.
Find a Connecticut strawberry patch for fresh flavor and explore a way of life at CTGrown.org.
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CT DoAg) mission is to foster a healthy economic, environmental, and social climate for agriculture by developing, promoting, and regulating agricultural businesses; protecting agricultural and aquacultural resources; enforcing laws pertaining to domestic animals; and promoting an understanding among the state's citizens of the diversity of Connecticut agriculture, its cultural heritage, and its contribution to the state's economy. For more information, visit www.CTGrown.gov.