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Strawberry Field Report - updated 23 June 2017, 5:55 PM

Quality: Mostly very good Picking: Slow Stage: Almost Done

There are still plenty of sweet tasty berries. Many are smaller and some should have been picked a few days ago, but there are a decent number of good sized berries left. Thursday evening I picked 2 quarts in 12 minutes.


Strawberry U-Pick Scheduleupdated 23 June 2017

Schedules are subject to change. Please check shortly before coming.
Friday June 23 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. **
Saturday June 24 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.**
Sunday June 25 Closed Sundays
Monday June 26 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.**
Tuesday June 27 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.**
Wednesday June 28 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.**
Thursday June 29 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.**
** Self-Serve (picking supplies and instructions at field)
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Saturday, at Princeton Farmers’ Market, we will have strawberries (maybe the last of the season), blueberries, black raspberries, and garlic scapes. The market opens at 8:30. We will also have plenty of blueberries at the Peoria Riverfront Market with Plow Creek Bakery (opens 8:00).


We will open for blueberry picking on Thursday, June 22, from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. Berries are a good size this year and taste great, but the bunches are mostly small, so we don’t expect fast picking this season. Strawberries and black raspberries can also be picked.


We need to spend time getting the blueberry patch ready for picking, so we will be opening the strawberry patch to self-serve u-pick, 7 to 7, Monday through Saturday. (subject to change - news.htm for the latest schedule). There are still plenty of good berries, but some have soft spots.


We will be at Princeton Farmers’ Market on Saturday with strawberries, blueberries(!), rhubarb, and garlic scapes. Market opens at 8:30. We will also have some blueberries with Plow Creek Bakery at Peoria Riverfront Market (opens at 8:00).


We plan to be open for picking strawberries all day tomorrow, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will be self-serve, with directions. Most years we’ve done self-serve when there are fewer berries; we just don’t have the people to staff it tomorrow. Saturday will be full service again from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.


We plan to be at Princeton Farmers’ Market tomorrow. We hope to bring Strawberries, Rhubarb, Stinging Nettle, Green Garlic, Garlic Scapes, a few Blueberries, Garlic Chives, Chives, and Flowers. Market is at 445 S. Main Street, south of the Prouty Building, and is open from 8:30 a.m until 1:00. We may not stay that long; strawberries may sell out early.


Almost ripe strawberry on May 25, 2017Some strawberries are almost ripe. As usual, picking will start slowly. We estimate that picking will start next week, sometime between Wednesday and Saturday. Check back!


strawberry field looking goodgreen strawberry The strawberry patch is looking good. It is full of green strawberries, some as big as a thumbnail. I can even think I see a little pink in a few of them. The first week of June still seems the most likely time when we first open u-pick.


Strawberry flower April  21, 2017Strawberry flowering April 21, 2017 I saw the first strawberry flowers in the field today. We get a ripe strawberry in about 4 weeks, but it will be a bit longer before there are many. I’d expect u-pick to open the first week of June, or maybe a little earlier.


Today in Princeton we will have plenty of berries. There’s a good supply or red raspberries, black raspberries and blueberries. We will also bring what might be the last of the strawberries. For veggies, we have chard, kale, zucchini (green and yellow varieties), cilantro, turnips, and garlic scapes. Market opens at 3:00.


Blueberries and strawberries will be our featured products in Princeton on Saturday. We also hope to bring our first few black and red raspberries of the season. We will have plenty of zucchini and turnips. We also have green garlic and cilantro. Plow Creek Bakery will provide their usual excellent selection of baked goods. Market runs from 8:30 until 1:00.


This is our second week of Strawberry U-Pick. Yield and berry size is declining but quality remains good. An early morning field survey Wednesday showed better conditions than we had expected. As of mid-morning, it looked like the field would not be entirely picked over Wednesday. Thursday’s Strawberry U-Pick will be staffed in the morning (with some good to moderate picking available) and then go to self-serve in the afternoon and evening. Check the website late morning Thursday for an updated field report.

On Saturday, we will probably pick most of the field for another good market supply, but may be open for afternoon strawberry self-serve. Based on good plant vigor and berry quality in Flavorfest and pockets of Jewel, we are anticipating a fairly long self-serve season. This can be a peaceful time to pick, so keep the strawberries on your radar for next week too.

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