Strawberry Season 2015
Strawberry Season is here! The time of the year we all have been waiting for. I don’t know about you, but the thought of biting into a freshly picked, bright red strawberry helped me make it through another cold and snowy winter. There is a unique flavor to a berry that is still warm from ripening in the sun.
Annapolis, our earliest berry is in full production and many customers have brought home flats full of the berry. Even if this berry is orange, it still can be fully ripe! The Honeoye and Cavendish are just starting to ripen as well, some turning a typical dark purple. We have been getting a lot of calls about Jewel which the first few are just starting to turn color, but plenty green berries and blossoms will help extend the season for the Jewel. In our first two years of production, a majority of the varieties came ripe at the same time due to the weather patterns, but this year should offer a longer picking window. I’m also very excited about our Cabot variety, we had a couple last year but will have plenty to enjoy this year. You will notice a different shape to the berry, but the same great flavor of Jewel.
A late frost did affect some of the early variety’s production. We saw many blossoms with a black head or spot in the center of the flower, which instead of developing a beautiful berry, did not mature. Luckily the frost did not affect the overall health of the plant itself and many of these frost damaged plants are now loaded with berries.
The most rewarding part of being a part of White Pine Berry Farm is seeing how much our customers love the farm, produce, and atmosphere. A highlight is seeing people learn that there are different varieties with unique flavors. Some people say they all taste the same (and usually delicious) but some can taste unique differences between them, especially Honeoyes…they can be hit or miss! It’s fun even to hear our customers teach each other about berries. I heard a customer explaining to her friends what a King berry was as she was picking it!
Strawberries are not the only thing you can pick this time of year. Our hoop house we put up this spring is also full of veggies. You can see more details on our vegetables and fruits in the produce page. Many of these produce are also available at the two farmer markets we attend, the YMCA in Hudson on Monday nights and Main Street in Baldwin on Saturday mornings.
This year we hosted our first Strawberry Shortcake Social (June 20th), which included shortcake and/or ice cream topped with White Pine strawberries. There was plenty of chocolate and whipped cream to go around too! The corn boxes made a return back to White Pine, which were a hit with the kids. We teamed up with Unlimited Play to donate about $150 in a percentage of sale and free-will donations to the Tri Angels Playground in River Falls.
Our next event is Raspberry Razzmatazz which coincides with the Eat Local Farm Tour, taking place on July 18. And Fall Family Day will be September 19 - more information and details are on our events page.
We are open!
Mon-Sat: 8am - 7pm
Sun: 1pm - 5pm
Barn available to book - contact us!