Strawberries

You Pick Strawberries

Our strawberry field is now

closed for 2021.

Visit us for flower picking this summer

and for our Corn Maze in September!

 

Our Farm Market is stocked with all types
of other goodies, including fresh fudge

and homemade ice cream!

 

We look forward to your visit!

News/Hours

What is the difference between store bought strawberries and Liberty Mills Farm strawberries?  Taste!

We choose to grow the best tasting strawberries - not ones that are great for shipping. We also know it's important to you that if we use any chemicals, that we let you know. Currently, our strawberries remain free of pesticides and herbicides, making them both delicious AND healthy for you!

CHECK-IN with Staff upon your arrival

You MUST check in at the Farm Market (red barn) OR outside white tent prior to entering the strawberry field. We will provide you with picking instructions and a container to use for your visit. 

PRICING

Pricing is determined at the time the strawberries begin to ripen and is dependent on the crop as well as other factors.

What to WEAR

Please remember that strawberries grow in a field and the field conditions may be uneven and will be muddy after a rain.  Old shoes and old clothing are ideal for Strawberry picking – and so are fashionable rain boots!!  Sunscreen, hats and water are highly recommended as the sun shines brightly on our patch.

 

IMPORTANT

Pets, smoking and alcohol are not allowed on the farm at any time. 

WEATHER

Our crops are very weather dependent, so please monitor our Facebook page or call 434-882-6293 for updates.

We hope you will  join us at Liberty Mills Farm for a farmtastic adventure and delicious strawberries!

Strawberry Fest

Saturday, May 29, 2021

9 am - 3 pm

 Held annually on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Enjoy the fruit of the season around which this Fest is focused …

luscious red, delicious strawberries!

 

Sample everything strawberry from strawberry sundaes

(made with farm fresh ice cream) to strawberry salsa and more.

 

Visit with local vendors and participate in fun contests including a

Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest!

Firefly on the Fly Food Truck

 

Strawberry picking while supply lasts!

Free parking and free admission to the Fest.

Strawberry Season Questions & Answers

How do I know where to pick in the field?


You will be assigned a row to pick when you check-in with staff upon your arrival at the farm. We monitor row assignments with our you-pick, the same way we would when we pick the field to make it the most efficient and productive for you.




Can I eat berries in the field?


Your are welcome to try a berry or two, but please keep tasting to a minimum to be fair to everyone.




Why do I need to stay in my row?


We are a working farm. Knowing where you picked saves time and effor and is the most productive use of your time.




Why can't I step on the plastic mulch?


Repeated stepping on the plastic creates wholes in the plastic which causes weeds to grow and makes it much harder to maintain the patch. You may also damage the irrigation tape which lies underneath the plastic.




Why do I need to pick the small berries?


All ripe berries must be picked from a row, to eliminate duplication of work. If you are worried about the taste, try one - they are delicious! It may take more effort on your part, but the smaller ones are often sweeter and taste great in your desserts, jams and on your morning cereal!




Do you spray your strawberry plants with chemicals?


We choose not to spray our strawberry plants and do not use organic or convenitonal herbicides or pesticides on our plants. Although this reduces the quantitiy of berries produced in the field, we think they taste better and we know they are better for you!




Why do you have inconsistant picking hours?


The plants, Mother Nature and the number of people picking on a given day control our picking hours. Please check with us prior to your visit and thank you for understanding if by some chance we are out of strawberries when you arrive.





Strawberry  Hints
and Tips

Picking Strawberries

Strawberries last longer when they are picked and handled with care. Berries bruise easily and discolor when they are not handled gently.

Choose strawberries that are completely red (both sides) or deep red with some white at the top as strawberries do not ripen once they have been harvested.

1. Kneel down and part the leaves gently with your hands to look for strawberries.

2. Pick berries that are fully red or have minimal white on them - be sure to look at      both sides of the berry before picking it.

3. Grasp the stem above the berry between your fingers and snap the stem.

4. With the stem broken, gently put the strawberry in your palm.

5. Place the berry carefully into your container - do not toss or throw.

Be careful to not overfill your container or try to pack them down. Doing so will damage the berries.  Likewise, be careful that your feet and knees do not damage plants or fruit while picking and you stay on the grass between the rows.

Keeping Strawberries Fresh

We grow our strawberries for taste, not for shipping, so it is BEST to process and eat them as soon as possible - we recommend 24 hours. To keep them fresh for as long as possible:

1. Store them in the refrigerator (for the best taste, bring them back to room                 temperature before eating them).

2. Choose a storage container that allows airflow.

3. IMPORTANT:  Do NOT wash the berries until right before you eat them. 

Freezing Strawberries

 

1. Remove the stems and caps.

2. Rinse the berries carefully - never soak.

3. Flash Freeze the berries individually in a single layer on cookie sheets.

4. After the berries are frozen, place them into freezer bags to eat or process later.

 

Visit whatscookingamerica.net for more tips, including how to freeze using a dry-sugar or syrup pack - it's easy and delicious and you can control how much sugar you use.

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