Strawberry Picking at Parlee Farms
At Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro, MA (near Boston), we have two picking seasons for strawberries covering over eight acres. The traditional New England varieties are known as “June Bearers”. These are available for pick-your-own and fresh picked in our farmstand. We have five varieties available for picking from mid-June until mid-July. From mid-August until late September, we offer two varieties of late season strawberries that are some of the juiciest strawberries you will ever taste. The late summer strawberries are available as fresh picked in the farmstand. So now you can enjoy fresh picked strawberries from Parlee Farms for most of the summer!
During the strawberry season, details on pick-your-own hours and prices can be found at Today’s Farm News.
A few hints on caring for those strawberries when you get them home:
- Do not rinse berries until you are ready to use them.
- Keep the stems on the strawberries until you are ready to use them to keep the juice in the berries.
- Store in a refrigerator.
- Best when used within 2-3 days after picking.
Wash berries and drain in colander. Remove stems and slice (or crush) berries as you stem them. If additional sweetness is desired, add 3/4 cup of sugar to 4 cups of sliced berries. Stir and let stand until the sugar dissolves (just a few minutes). Place in freezer containers leaving 1/2 inch head space for expansion and put immediately into freezer.