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 as 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

Address: 9546 10th Street SE, Eyota MN 55934

Phone: (507) 951-8165

Estimated Opening Date: Strawberries are generally ready around June 10th. Check Facebook for updates.

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

Price: please call for information

U-Pick or Pre-picked: both

Other Information: The website says Bear Creek Farm chooses to not pay for the label of certified organic as it is a big expense for a small farm, but they do not use any herbicides and pesticides on their crops and they choose to only use organic-based fertilizers.

Chester Berry Farm

Address: 6225 10th Street SE, Rochester MN 55904

Phone number: (507) 269-4748

Estimated Opening Date: Estimated around June 15th. Check their Facebook page for updated information.

Hours/Days: Monday-Sunday 9:00 am-6:00 pm

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

2021 season-Firefly Berries will continue to offer online ordering for strawberries on Tuesdays after 3 pm for a Wednesday curbside pick-up from 4:30-6 pm. In addition, they will have berries available at the Rochester Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, and U-Pick will be available on Sundays.

Address: 542 23rd St NE, Rochester MN 55906

Phone Number:  (507) 252-1309

Estimated Opening Date: Estimated around mid-June

Hours/Days: U-pick: Sundays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Price: check their Facebook page

U-Pick or Pre-picked: both

Miracle Strawberry Farm

Estimated Opening Date: Mid to late June

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: check website


 

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 of 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 sugar and lemon juice.

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

*Cook on high heat until boiling. Time varies depending on the 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 them in the fridge for up to 4 weeks!

And now you’re a jam maker!

 

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