If you want to know which fruits are in season, just follow the festivals & U-Pick signs! In June, it’s Strawberries, lasting only a few weeks.
Pick Your Own Strawberries
- Gro-Moore Farms (Rush) Strawberry Hotline (585) 359-4345
- Burch Farms (Hilton)
- Chase Farms (Fairport)
- Panek’s Pickin’ Patch (Albion)
- Becker Farms (Albion)
- Burnap’s Farm Market & Garden Cafe (Sodus)
- G and S Orchards (Walworth)
- Summer Breeze Strawberries (Castile)
- Greg’s U-Pick Farm (Clarence Center)
- Kirby’s Farm Market (Brockport)
- Strawberry Fields U-Pick Hydroponic Farm (Auburn) This deserves a special mention! Everbearing strawberries are available from June through October.
June Strawberry Festivals
Check out thees Rochester-area festivals where you can taste everything from jams to shortcake to Strawberry Sangria, Strawberry Hard Cider and Strawberry Wine.
- Albion Strawberry Festival (2nd weekend)
- Owego Strawberry Festival (3rd weekend)
- Strawberry Extravaganza (3rd weekend at Becker Farms in Gasport)
Tips for when you pick your own strawberries
Thank you to pickyourown.org for these helpful tips!
- Always call before you go to the farm. Strawberries are affected by weather (both rain and cooler temperature) more than most crops. When they are in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon.
- Select firm, fully red berries. Strawberries do not continue ripen after they are picked.
- Most growers furnish picking containers designed for strawberries, but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers.
- Leave early. On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by noon!
- If you use your own containers, remember that heaping strawberries more than 5 inches deep will bruise the lower berries. Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large pots make good containers.
- Bring something to drink and a few snacks; you’d be surprised how you can work up a thirst and appetite! And don’t forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs usually aren’t a problem, but some deet might be good to bring along if it has been rainy.
- U-pick strawberries are much healthier than store-bought. Consumer reports says store bought strawberries have so many pesticide and fungicide residues on they, that they don’t recommend you eat them at all!
- In general, 1 quart of fresh, whole, just-picked strawberries = approximately 3.5 cups hulled, whole berries. In other words, removing the caps/hulls and the occasional mushy berry means you lose 1/4 cup or about 7 to 10% of every quart you pick.
- Do the math and be careful not to over-purchase as strawberries quickly mold when left at room temperature, and only last a couple of days in the refrigerator.
- You can easily freeze berries that you cannot use right away – just wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible. Those vacuum food sealers really do a good job of this! The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.
- To help the farmers, also remove from the plants berries showing rot, sunburn, insect injury or other defects and place them between the rows behind you. If they are left in the plants, the rot will quickly spread to other berries.
- Don’t wash the berries until you are ready to use them. Washing makes them more prone to spoiling.
Pick-Your-Own Seasons (most active)
- Strawberries—June 5 – June 20
- Cherries—July 1 – July 31
- Raspberries —Early: July 5 – July 21; Fall & Everbearing: August 15 – September 30
- Peaches, Nectarines—July 20 – September 1
- Blueberries—August 1 – September 10
- Grapes—September 1 – September 30
- Apples—September 1 – October 15
- Pumpkins—September 15 – October 31
- Christmas Trees—December
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