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Early Strawberry Picking Season at Jones Family Farm Shelton CT

 

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

 

 

 

 

  

 

Barbara Altieri, REALTOR®
Listing and Buyer's Agent
Certified Short Sales Specialist
RealtyQuest Real Estate Sales and Services Team

Kinard Realty Group
30 Huntington Street, Shelton CT 06484
Office -- 203.929.1752
Cell -- 203.520.6930
Email -- barbara.altieri@realtyquest.com

 

 

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