It’s strawberry time in Davidson County. I love love love strawberries. My mom always tells the story, how when I was a baby I crawled up on the table and ate almost 2 quarts of strawberries before she caught me. She was terrified I would have an allergic reaction from eating so many strawberries. Lucky for me no allergies and a lifetime love of strawberries. I especially love NC strawberries, so much that I really have a hard time eating berries from anywhere else. NC ranks 4th in the nation in strawberry production and we eat all of them. More than 80% of NC strawberries stay right here, not shipped to other states. The two varieties of strawberries grown in Davidson County are Chandler and Camarosa both are full of awesome. We have 5 commercial strawberry farms in Davidson County all of them started harvesting this morning and are open for business.
- Berrier Farm, 6422 N. NC Hwy150 call 336-764-3515 for hours and availability (You Pick and Pre-Pick)
- Hedgecock Strawberry Farm, 3011 Abbots Creek Church Road, Kernersville NC call 336-869-4762 for hours of operation and availability (You Pick and Pre-Pick)
- Parker Farms, 4337 N. Hwy 109, High Point NC available at thePiedmont Triad Farmers Market and at the Roadside stand(Pre-Pick only)
- Saintsing Farm, 2242 Old Greensboro Road Thomasville NC call 336-906-9161 for hours and availability (You Pick and Pre-Pick).
- Wood Farms, 1012 Hoover Rd, Lexington NC call 336-731-4631 for availability (You Pick and Pre-Pick).
Jeannie Leonard, Family and Consumer Science Agent offers these tips for keeping your strawberries fresh and how to freeze them for year round goodness! Strawberries are picked ripe, so unripened fruit will not ripen further after picking. Select plump, brightly colored berries with fresh green caps. If packaged in a container, check the bottom for bruised, moldy or shriveled berries. Be sure to sort the berries before storing them, discarding any that are moldy or bruised. Without washing or hulling them, refrigerate in a covered container for 2 to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze strawberries. Wash and hull them as directed below. Pat them dry and place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze until firm, then transfer to airtight freezer containers or bags. Freeze for up to 8 months.
Always wash strawberries before hulling them and just before using them to preserve flavor. Simply give them a quick, gentle rinse in cold water. Never soak berries in water or they can become waterlogged. Gently pat dry with paper towels. Hulling strawberries removes their green caps and inner white cores. Use your fingertips to pull off the leafy caps and then cut out the soft white cores with the tip of a paring knife. Use an egg slicer to quickly and evenly slice washed and hulled strawberries. One pint yields about 2 cups sliced strawberries.
Strawberries can be served several ways. Try some of these ideas the next time you have strawberries on hand.
- Toss sliced strawberries in salads or over bowls of your favorite cereal.
- Stir chopped strawberries into pancake or muffin batter.
- Add strawberries to your favorite blender drinks or milk shakes.
- Sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar over a pint of sliced berries and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Serve the syrupy strawberry sauce over scoops of ice cream.
- Dip whole, unhulled strawberries in melted semi-sweet baking chocolate. Place on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet until chocolate sets.
- Garnish desserts, such as prepared pudding, with whole or sliced strawberries.