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You've waited all year and now it's here: summer vacation! We've got your checklist of must-do's.
You Will Need
- A computer with internet access
- A strawberry patch
- Shallow containers
- A kneeling pad (optional)
- An insulated cooler (optional)
Find a local strawberry patch
Search the internet for a local strawberry patch. Call first, to make sure the berries are ripe and the patch hasn't been overpicked.
Bring shallow containers
Bring shallow containers to hold your berries. You don't want to stack your fruit more than 5 inches high.
Find the best berries
Find the best berries by checking under the leaves and close to the ground. Choose strawberries that are dry, plump, firm, and red all over.
Pick the berries
Pick carefully to avoid bruising. Grasp the stem above the berry between your thumb and forefinger, and then twist and pull gently.
Transport the berries
Transport your berries carefully. Don't crush them or keep them in the sunlight. Avoid putting them in your trunk or leaving them inside the car for very long. Too much heat will accelerate decay.
Wash your strawberries before eating, freezing, or cooking with them. There are countless ways to enjoy the taste of fresh-picked strawberries.