Here at the farm our strawberries are grown outside and in greenhouses. All of the berries are grown in table-top systems above the ground. Our berries are produced from May to end of September, although there are periods of no berry production. Every season can be different as weather is a major factor for us here on the farm. There is roughly 25,000 everbearing strawberry plants on the farm that are replanted every year.
How to Buy Fresh Strawberries
Shop with your nose. Always pick the plumpest and most fragrant berries. They should be firm, bright, and fresh looking with no bruises, and fresh green caps (stems).
How to Store Strawberries
Use the berries as soon as possible, as strawberries ripen no further once picked.
For best flavour, do not wash the strawberries until you are ready to eat or use them. Moisture is the enemy when it comes to storing strawberries. Also, leave the caps on until ready to eat. Strawberries taste best at room temperature. Remove from the refrigerator approximately 1 hour before they are to be used. Store fresh strawberries in a colander in the refrigerator. This allows the cold air to circulate around them. Do not cover them.
How to Freeze Whole Strawberries
Wash and gently dry the strawberries. Don’t soak them long in water as this will result in a loss of flavour and nutrients. Hull the berries and remove any ones that are spoiled. Place the strawberries on a baking sheet, not touching one another, and freeze until solid. Transfer the strawberries to plastic resealable bags or airtight containers and store in the freezer for up to six months.