U-Pick Strawberry Report
It’s been a strawberry madhouse at my home! This past week, I’ve been able to pick up local strawberries at both the Geneva Green Market and the St. Charles Farmers Market. As has been said here, the strawberries were good, but maybe just a touch off in quality and taste as compared to last year. The farmers I’ve spoke with have really struggled with the amount of rain they’ve had – too much in too short of time. As a result, it seems to me the berries are a bit waterlogged and more fragile. Still, they are a ton better than what you’ll find in the grocery store at any given time, making them worth the buy. I’ve had to process and freeze them straightaway, though, as they are too fragile to last long in the refrigerator.
On Saturday, we headed up to Stade’s Farm in McHenry to try their u-pick strawberries. They are wonderful – big, juicy, sweet-tart berries that have a bit more staying power than the ones I had picked up previously. We’ve been snacking on them since Saturday, and they are still in good shape. According to their website and Facebook page, the picking is still going strong. As we all know, the season is extremely short, so if you have time – make the trek out to the farm and pick enough to put away for the year. Or, get your fix of fresh strawberry salads, smoothies, muffins and ice cream before it’s too late!