Rochester MN Guide to Strawberry Picking

Guide to Strawberry Picking | Rochester MN Moms Blog

Nothing kicks off summer like a day of strawberry picking! Succulent berries plucked from the plant and popped right in your mouth.  Your kids have red-stained fingers and faces from all that picking/eating in the fields. Everyone’s happy after a day at the strawberry farm. So now what to do with your bounty? Of course, you can continue nibbling on fresh berries until they’re gone, but if you want to feel like Martha Stewart without the effort, I’ve got a plan for you. Strawberry jam without canning.

I once dreamed of a larder full of canned produce; I let those aspirations fall by the wayside when I realized all that canning “stuff” was going to take up valuable real estate in my kitchen! Plus, I was convinced that I’d never seal those jars properly, and my family would end up hospitalized with botulism.

So I’m happy to simply make a small batch of “No-Canning Required” Strawberry Jam after a day picking berries.

No Canning Required Strawberry Jam

Ingredients for 1 pint of jam (recipe crafted from multiple online sites)

1 pound of hulled strawberries

½ cup sugar (I’m not a fan of super sweet jam – so if you are, add more, up to 1 cup, if you like)

1 lemon, juiced

Directions

*Cut up your hulled strawberries (big pieces for chunky jam, a smaller slice for not-so-chunky)

*Put your strawberries in a wide-bottomed pot with the sugar and the lemon juice.

*Cook on low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

*Cook on high heat until boiling. Time varies depending on quantity of strawberries used. Stir occasionally to prevent burning on the bottom.

*If it seems too chunky, grab your potato masher and crush the fruit a little, if you are so inclined.

*Let it cool a little before transferring to jars. OR warm your jars up (running them through the dishwasher does the trick). You don’t want to transfer the hot jam to cold jars and risk breakage!

*Put the lids on the jars and store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks!

And now you’re a jam maker!

 

Guide to Strawberry Picking | Rochester MN Moms Blog

 

Rochester MN Guide to Strawberry Picking

So now you need strawberries. But don’t put it off, as berry picking is a short season.

Details are as current possible, but check websites or Facebook pages and call before packing the kids into the car, in case  farms have changed their hours.

Chester Berry Farm

Check out their Facebook page for information and updates.

*Estimated Opening Date: check their Facebook page

*Hours/Days: check their Facebook page

*Price: check their Facebook page

*U-Pick or Pre-picked: both

*Buckets for berries: Encouraged to bring your own, although buckets are available.

*Address and phone number: 6225 10th Street SE, Rochester                                                                                             

                                                       507.269.4748

*Other information: Joe says, “Our fields will have weeds because we do not spray them so that the children can snack while they are out there and not get sick.”

Their Facebook page also has strawberry recipes!

Firefly Berries

*Estimated Opening Date: June 15-18

*Hours/Days: Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays (8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.), Tuesdays (3:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

*U-Pick or Pre-picked: both

*Price: $2.50 per pound for U-pick; $6.00 per quart for pre-picked

*Buckets for berries: Encouraged to bring your own, although buckets are available

*Address and phone number: 5542 23rd St NE, Rochester

                                                       507.252.1309

*Other information: Call ahead to confirm hours.

Miracle Strawberry Farm

*Estimated Opening Date: Check their Facebook page

*Hours/Days: Sunday through Thursday (8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.), Friday (8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), closed on Saturday

*U-Pick or Pre-picked: both

*Price: $2.25 per pound for U-pick; $3.50 per pound for pre-picked

*Buckets for berries: You may bring your own, although they have fabulous flat boxes for picking which you can take home!   

*Address and Phone Number:  60687 205 Avenue, Dodge Center 

                                                         507-884-7247

*Other Information:  Pre-frozen whole strawberries are available at $10 for 3 pounds.

Ron’s Berry Farm

*Estimated Opening Date: Saturday, June 10

*Hours/Days: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

*U-Pick or Pre-picked: both

*Price: $2.50 per pound for U-pick; $5.50 per quart for pre-picked

*Buckets for berries: Bring your own.  They do have boxes on-site for free.

*Address and Phone Number:  9546 10th Street SE, Eyota 

                                                         507-951-8165

Other information: Jason says, “If you have kids, bring them with – they can help pick and extra red on their lips and fingers is okay!  All of our produce is non-GMO and raised naturally without the use of chemicals.”

 

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