{} Strawberry Picking Tips & Rules – Southern Grace Farms

Strawberry Picking Tips & Rules

  1. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes! If you’re coming to pick your own, you will have to walk to the field and up the rows so be sure to dress comfortably! 
  2. Be prepared to walk to the field (it’s 90 yards). We do not allow customers to drive to the strawberry field in their vehicle. 
  3. We provide take home picking containers.  Fragile fruit like strawberries need to be in a stout container to prevent a lot of rubbing together and bruising. The more you touch or move the berries the more the fragile outside breaks down. 
  4. Strawberries don’t ripen after you pick them so be sure to pick the darkest if you want the sweetest berries! 
  5. Leave the caps on the berries. (That’s the green leaves on the top of the berries.) If you remove the leaves and then refrigerate the berries will dry out quickly!
  6. Try to pick without the stems...they can poke holes in your other berries!
  7. Cant find any? Change rows! Always try picking in a couple different spots before giving up! Or try going halfway down the row before starting.  
  8. Always wash your fruit from the grocery store or directly from the farm. Strawberries are never pre-washed so you should always wash before you eat. 
  9. Always refrigerate your berries to extend shelf life! 
  10. Don't wash your berries until you’re ready to eat them. Every time they’re touched they break down a little more so they’ll last longer if you wait and wash them right before you are ready to eat. 
  11. Pets are not allowed in picking/harvest areas. 
  12. Don’t step or sit on the beds! When you step on the plastic, you chance ripping the plastic and if you step or sit on the bed you create an indention that makes a puddle when it rains. If there are any berries in that area they will ruin bc the water doesn’t run off as it’s designed to. 
  13. Dont pick the “flowers”. Those are the blooms and in 30 days those are berries that are ready to be picked! 

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