Rochester MN Guide to Strawberry Picking

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Rochester MN Guide to Strawberry Picking

Don’t put it off, as berry picking is a short season!  You don’t want to miss out on freshly picked strawberries straight from the field. 🍓

Details are as current possible, but check websites or Facebook pages and call before packing the kids into the car, in case farms have changed their hours.

Bear Creek Farm

Bear Creek Farm u-pick is NOT open for the 2020 season BUT pre-picked strawberries ARE available!

Address: 9546 10th Street SE, Eyota MN 55934

Phone: (507) 951-8165

Bear Creek Farm is closed for Berry picking this year.  Read more here.

Estimated Opening Date: check their Facebook page

Hours/Days: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (or until berries are sold out) CLOSED ON SUNDAYS

Price: please call for information

Pre-picked: only pre-picked for the 2020 season

Chester Berry Farm

Check out their Facebook page for information and updates.

Address: 6225 10th Street SE, Rochester MN 55904

Phone number: (507) 269-4748

Estimated Opening Date: check their Facebook page

Hours/Days: check their Facebook page

Price: check their Facebook page

U-Pick or Pre-picked: both

Other information: Joe says, “Our fields will have weeds because we do not spray them so that the children can snack while they are out there and not get sick.”

Their Facebook page also has strawberry recipes!

Chester Berry Farm

Firefly Berries

Firefly Berries is NOT open this year for u-pick but ARE open for pre-picked strawberries!

They have implemented a new ordering system. Details are below!  Please check the website or Facebook page for more information:

Ordering– All orders must be placed and paid for online through the online shop during the three specified ordering windows.

  • Ordering Window #1 – Open from Sundays at 4 pm until Mondays at 8 am, or until all berries are sold out, whichever comes first.  Berries ordered during this window will be available for curbside pickup at Firefly Berries on Monday from 4-7 pm.
  • Ordering Window #2 – Open from Tuesdays at 4 pm until Wednesdays at 8 am, or until all berries are sold out, whichever comes first.  Berries ordered during this window will be available for curbside pickup at Firefly Berries on Wednesday from 4-7 pm.
  • Ordering Window #3 – Open from Friday 12 noon – 8 pm, or until all berries are sold out, whichever comes first.  Berries ordered during this window will be available for pickup the next day, Saturday from 9 am – 12 noon.

Address: 542 23rd St NE, Rochester MN 55906

Phone Number:  (507) 252-1309

Price: check their Facebook page

U-Pick or Pre-picked: only pre-picked for the 2020 season

Miracle Strawberry Farm

Estimated Opening Date: June 18th!  Miracle Strawberry Farm IS open for both u-pick and pre-picked this year.

Address: 60687 205 Avenue, Dodge Center MN 55907

Phone Number: (507) 884-7247

Hours/Days: Sunday through Thursday (8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.), Friday (8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), closed on Saturday (PLEASE CHECK ON HOURS BEFORE HEADING OUT)

U-Pick or Pre-picked: both

Price: $2.50 per pound for U-pick; $5.50 per quart and $30 for per flat (approx 8 lbs) for pre-picked


 

Nothing kicks off summer like a day of strawberry picking! Succulent berries plucked from the plant and popped right in your mouth.  Your kids have red-stained fingers and faces from all that picking/eating in the fields. Everyone’s happy after a day at the strawberry farm. So now what to do with your bounty? Of course, you can continue nibbling on fresh berries until they’re gone, but if you want to feel like Martha Stewart without the effort, I’ve got a plan for you. Strawberry jam without canning.

I once dreamed of a larder full of canned produce; I let those aspirations fall by the wayside when I realized all that canning “stuff” was going to take up valuable real estate in my kitchen! Plus, I was convinced that I’d never seal those jars properly, and my family would end up hospitalized with botulism.

Guide to Strawberry Picking | Rochester MN Moms Blog

So I’m happy to simply make a small batch of “No-Canning Required” Strawberry Jam after a day picking berries.

No Canning Required Strawberry Jam

Ingredients for 1 pint of jam (recipe crafted from multiple online sites)

1 pound of hulled strawberries

½ cup sugar (I’m not a fan of super sweet jam – so if you are, add more, up to 1 cup, if you like)

1 lemon, juiced

Directions

*Cut up your hulled strawberries (big pieces for chunky jam, a smaller slice for not-so-chunky)

*Put your strawberries in a wide-bottomed pot with the sugar and the lemon juice.

*Cook on low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

*Cook on high heat until boiling. Time varies depending on quantity of strawberries used. Stir occasionally to prevent burning on the bottom.

*If it seems too chunky, grab your potato masher and crush the fruit a little, if you are so inclined.

*Let it cool a little before transferring to jars. OR warm your jars up (running them through the dishwasher does the trick). You don’t want to transfer the hot jam to cold jars and risk breakage!

*Put the lids on the jars and store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks!

And now you’re a jam maker!

 

Guide to Strawberry Picking | Rochester MN Moms Blog

 

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