Early Strawberry Picking Season at Jones Family Farm Shelton CT

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Early Strawberry Picking Season at Jones Family Farm Shelton CT



The 2012 strawberry picking season at Jones Family Farm in Shelton CT at the Pumpkinseed Hill and Valley Farm locations has made its debut.  

The strawberries have ripened unusually early this year due to the warmer early spring weather.  Don’t miss out by waiting until the usual mid-June picking times.

 



On the day you plan to go, please call the Farmer Jones Crop Line at (203-929-8425) to get the daily update on which farm is ready to be picked that day.


Normal picking hours are Monday through Saturday 8am until 5:30pm and Sundays from 8am until 12pm.  Again, please check the Crop Line on the day you plan to pick.

 

 

Once you arrive, pick up your harvest box from the friendly farm assistants and head to the Berry Ferry, which will deliver you to the fields.  You will want to be prepared for comfortable picking by dressing appropriately.  The large box holds about 8 lbs. when filled to the rim.

 

 

 

How should you dress?  Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring a hat, water and sunscreen.  It’s hot in those fields, and the work can be demanding….. but the fruits of labor are so worth it!


How do you pick a strawberry?  


Lift the green leaves and pick berries that are completely red.  A strawberry will not ripen more once it is picked.  Also, leave about a ¼” stem on the berry which prevents bruising the berry and makes the berry last longer. 

 

 

 





In order to ensure the safety of the crops, Jones Family Farms asks that those who visit:

 

  • ·         Wash hands before picking or after using a restroom facility
  • ·         Do not bring pets or plan to picnic on the farm
  • ·         Follow government guidelines for food safety include washing produce before eating, wearing clean clothes while harvesting, and not harvesting when feeling ill.

 

 

 

Description: http://ctrealestatebarbara.com/image_store/uploads/8/6/5/2/8/ar130799904582568.jpgStrawberries are sold by the pound and Jones Family Farms provides a free harvest container.  The price posted on May 29 was $2.89/lb.under 8 lbs. in one box; $2.19/lb over 8 lbs. in one box.  That's my box to the right with just over 10 pounds!

 

 

 

Enjoy your luscious, fresh-picked strawberries. Eat them as they are, make smoothies, add on top of cakes or cheesecakes, make a pie, or make a strawberry margarita.  Here are some Jones Family Farm strawberry recipes

 


I make my own strawberry pie with my original recipe.  It is so simple and always a hit......and it disappears very quickly.  Enjoy!


 

Barbara’s EASY Fresh Strawberry Pie

 

Ingredients: 

 

1-1/2 quarts fresh strawberries (approx.)
½ - ¾ cup sugar, depending upon taste
½ cup flour
2 pie pastry sheets
butter

 

Directions: 

 

  1. Hull, wash and dry strawberries.  Slice larger ones.
  2. Mix the strawberries with the sugar and flour, blending thoroughly.
  3. Pour into pie plate lined with one pie pastry sheet.  Dot with butter.
  4. Place top pastry sheet onto pie and flute (seal edges)
  5. Brush with whipped egg white/splash of water misture and sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and bake for 30-35 minutes or until top is nicely browned..
  7. Cool and serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

 

Enjoy!!

 

Jones Farms Shelton Berry Ferry

Pumpkinseed Hill and Valley Farm  directions.

 

 

 Early Strawberry Picking Season at Jones Family Farm Shelton CT

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Gretchen & Mel Ahrens
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I love it. Great localism post. I have fond memories of taking my kids (when they were young) to a strawberry patch where they helped me pick the berries we'd make into jam later. Priceless memories. I'm kind of sad that these days we don't really have the time and I buy my berries at the store. I'm sure the kids have lost interest, too.

Gretchen

May 30, 2012 06:05 PM #8
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Barbara Altieri
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Gretchen -- I dragged my just-turned 18-yr old yesterday and we had a fabulous time.  I tried not to embarrass him too much with my singing (see above).  Also did a rendition of 'this land is your land...this land is my land....   I was having a good time just enjoying the beauty of the farmland.  (I was singing softly....)

May 30, 2012 06:18 PM #9
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That sounds like a blast, something like this just doesn't exist where I live and that's why I enjoy reading these types of posts. 

May 30, 2012 06:33 PM #10
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Morgan -- Well, you're not all that far from Jones Farms. If you have a few extra hours on the weekend, you should get away and try it. Blueberry picking is in July. Many, many New Yorkers go to Jones to get their Christmas trees as well.

May 30, 2012 06:41 PM #11
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I can remember a few years picking lots of strawberries and freezing them.  I wish I knew had to make preserves like my mom and grandmother did but not sure I'd trust myself not to kill someone so freezing is the simplest alternative.

May 30, 2012 06:41 PM #12
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Cindy -- LOL!  My father used to preserve peaches and tomatoes and he definitely had the heating and sealing technique down. I'm with you.  I freeze as well.

May 30, 2012 06:48 PM #13
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I love strawberries  ... this looks like a lot of fun.  Here is something I didn't know....

A strawberry will not ripen more once it is picked.

May 30, 2012 07:56 PM #14
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I can recall years ago picking strawberries at a large farm in Southington. That land now has colonials on it. I teased someone that had cone along that they had to be careful about how many berries they ate because they were going to be weighed when they left

May 30, 2012 08:22 PM #15
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Not sure picking strawberries is the best for my back but I sure do like eating them. What a great family event.

May 30, 2012 09:12 PM #16
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Francine Viola
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We'll need to wait a couple more weeks here for our strawberries to make their long-awaited appearance.  Strawberries always signal summer!

May 30, 2012 09:30 PM #17
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Barbara,  This is so cool. I'd love to pick my own strawberries.  I love them!!!  I like them "perfect" red, ripe and juicy. We don't always get that once they have already been picked, packed and sent to market. 

May 30, 2012 10:21 PM #18
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thanks for posting this Barbara, I cant wait for Strawberry season in our area, my favorate berry.

May 31, 2012 12:01 AM #19
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Cheryl Ritchie
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I think the frig is empty if there are no fresh strawberries inside.
May 31, 2012 03:05 AM #20
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Sounds like a fun afternoon!  I'm on my way!  I love strawberries!                                                                                                                   

May 31, 2012 05:27 AM #21
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Great localism post for Shelton CT, I bet those Strawberry are tasty!

May 31, 2012 06:20 AM #22
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Just got off cantaloupes and got on strawberries....big ones, little ones and ripe and not so ripe...Nice seasonal surprise

May 31, 2012 07:35 AM #23
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HI Barbara, we have huge strawberry fields here, too. Also an annual strawberry festival. But I really love the bonus of this post... your recipe! Sounds easy!

May 31, 2012 08:00 AM #24
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Joan -- Yes, not like a tomato!

Ed -- Too bad that farmland was sold off. They definitely do everything possible in Shelton to preserve the farmland that is left.

Tammie - You have that right. Lots of bending over required, but the end result is worth it!

Francine -- They do for us also. This year is exceptionally early.

Kathleen -- The berries I bought a few weeks ago from the market had many that were still white on the bottoms. Had a lot of trimming to do before eating.

 

May 31, 2012 10:16 AM #25
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Bob -- We love them as well....but when they're gone, we have the blueberries right behind....another favorite!

Cheryl -- Better get down to the fields!

Jared -- It is definitely fun. Lots of work but the payoff is worth it.

Eileen -- They were not exceptionally large, but they were very sweet.  I adjusted my sugar downward in the pie I made.

Richie --  Love the cantaloupes as well. Unfortunately, can't get them on the farms around here!

Sandy -- That's my staple fruit pie recipe. I use it for apples (add some cinnamon) and peaches and blueberries.  No fail. Always comes out good.  The ice cream on top really makes it delicious!

May 31, 2012 10:22 AM #26
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Barbara, I love all the fresh fruit that we can get at this time of the year.  Which we could get it year round.

May 31, 2012 12:51 PM #27
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