Picking your own strawberries at Stade's Farm & Market has become a family tradition for many of our guests. Strawberry season generally begins mid-June and runs approximately 3-4 weeks depending on the weather. We anticipate picking conditions to be good this year. We will have 10 acres of prime picking of delectable red fruit available for your enjoyment!
Strawberry U-Pick Pricing for 2014
Stade’s pick your own strawberries this year will be offering you the choice of a 1-quart basket, 2-quart basket, or 4-quart basket.
There is a $3 minimum purchase per person required to enter the strawberry patch.
(Example: Pick five 4-quart baskets at $10 per 4-quart. (5 X $10=$50)
- $3 for a 1-quart basket
- $6 for a 2-quart basket
- $11 for a 4-quart basket
- $10 each for five or more 4-quart baskets.
High Volume U-Pick Prices:
If you will be picking 50 pounds or more, the volume price will be only $1.40 per pound.
(Example: You pick 70-pounds of strawberries X $1.40 per pound = $98)
Our Farmtractions area will be open daily from 10am-5pm during U-pick strawberry season. The admission price allows you unlimited access to all available attractions, up until 5pm. (approximately 12 attractions).
Admission is $6 per person (Adults & Children). Children under age 2 are admitted free.
Picking strawberries is a wonderful experience and loads of fun. Also available in our market during strawberry season we have our own homegrown asparagus, rhubarb, spinach, radishes, lettuce, and possibly other produce depending on how warm the season is. Our bakery will be open during strawberry season, offering our famous homemade cider donuts and fresh-baked pies. We harvest our own local honey, 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.
Be sure to sign up for our email updates and we'll let you know the exact date that strawberries will be ready for picking. Watch our website, Facebook, Twitter and our Newsletter for more information.
Strawberry picking at Stade's Farm & Market... what a great way to spend a summer day in the country!
Strawberries from Stade’s Farm
We all know we should eat more fruit on a daily basis and with fresh strawberries in season; this is no problem for berry lovers. Nothing makes strawberries better than picking them yourself fresh from the plant. At Stade’s Farm we have eleven acres to pick from. Strawberry picking is a fun activity for the entire family and a great way to sneak in some exercise, as well.
How to Pick Berries
Choose your strawberries carefully. You cannot judge a strawberry simply by the size of the fruit. The larger or smaller a strawberry is does not affect how sweet the fruit will taste.
You will want to pick the strawberries that are already ripe. Strawberries do not ripen after being removed from the plant. Your strawberries should be a bright red color. Berries that appear slightly green or orange in color are not ripe. Leave those on the vine to ripen further.
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 French toast, 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.
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