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If someone asked me if I wanted fruit containing over 200 seeds, I’d (not so) politely decline and settle for a less-complicated banana.

But if that same person asked me if I wanted a strawberry, it would be halfway to my mouth before they could get the husk off. A strawberry is a funny thing – it’s the only fruit with seeds on the outside, and it’s a part of the rose family. Nothing could sound weirder but taste better. Not only that, but as this month’s ChopChop newsletter points out, they’re packed with vitamin C, fiber, folate, potassium and antioxidants.

This year with the early warm weather and all the recent rain, farmers all over the state are producing some of the yummiest strawberries ever. The best thing about picking your own? You’re up and out and moving around. There’s no easier way to be active while you load up on healthy fruits at the same time. But there’s somewhat of a small window for picking strawberries, so don’t let your family miss out on the fun this month!

 June 14th:

There will be music, a garden tour, a talk with farmers, and strawberry refreshments at the 3rd annual Strawberry Fete Fundraiser at the Historic Gore Place in Waltham, MA.

 

June 15th, 22nd, & 29th:

Restaurants, cafes and markets across the state are taking part is the 5th annual Strawberry Dessert Festival in support of the Mass Farmers Markets’ Association.

 

June 16th

Come out to Connors Farm Strawberry Festival in Danvers for some good music and delicious farm country cooking. 

 Celebrate Strawberry Day at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln with berry-themed crafts and activities, wildlife demonstrations, and samples from their farm stand. Pick your own strawberries between 10:00am and 2:00pm.

 Visit the Red Fire Farm in Granby for the Strawberry Soirée to celebrate the peak of picking season!

 

June 23rd

From 11:00am to 3:00pm, join the Verrill Farm in Concord for the Strawberry Festival. There will be strawberry-picking, pony and hayrides, entertainment and refreshments!

When you head out to the farms, be sure to:

  • bring water and sunscreen.
  • wash your strawberries just before you’re ready to eat them, instead of ahead of time – that's because washing  makes the berries spoil quicker.
  • freeze extra berries in a resealable plastic bag – this will help them last for months.

 So, don’t let strawberry season pass you by – get out there and pick 'em while they last!

 

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