Strawberry Pick-Your-Own Season: What To Do With Your Haul


Strawberry “Pick-Your-Own” season is in full swing here on the east coast. C and I headed out the last weekend of May to make sure to be the first ones at the farm to pick. We failed miserably. Arriving 5 minutes before 7 a.m., we were about the 20th there!

The fields were full of anxious pickers at Weaver’s Orchard and we jumped in as fast as we could. Who cares if the movers were coming for the day at 8:30 a.m. to pack our house up?

It is one of our favorite times of year and no one was going to stop us. The first of the many pick-your-owns in this area, the first of the many canning sessions (yee-haw Strawberry Rhubarb Jam), and the first of the delicious freshest of the fresh fruit that summer has to offer! May 31st was the first day to pick, but certainly not the peak of the season which means there is plenty more picking to be had (especially if you are lucky enough to be moving up north right in the middle of the season;).

We picked 11 1/2 pounds of fruit that day. That’s enough to make many things, so I thought I’d share with you our favorite ways to use them!

1. Strawberry Jam – First (after eating many in the field) we got right to canning some strawberry jam. Our canning efforts took about 5 pounds of strawberries and for that we got 2- 1/2 pint jars and 11- 4oz jars.

2. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Bars – We stopped by the farm market on the way out to grab a few stalks of rhubarb and made this, a favorite recipe of ours!

3. Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins – Perfect for on-the-go breakfasts in the spring/summertime!

4. Strawberry Limeade – The first of many summer drinks! This one is delicious!

5. Strawberry and Spinach Salad with a homemade balsamic.

6. Strawberry Shortcake a classic at all strawberry festivals that we have ever been to!

7. Morning Smoothies with Strawberries – We love starting our days off with one of these.

What are your favorite ways to use your strawberry haul?

As if you needed any more reason, here are my 5 reasons why you should pick-your-own fruit with your kids. :)

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. Yum! We had so much fun last year when we went strawberry picking. The kids don’t understand to stop, so we had A LOT. I’d love to pair something with rhubarb. I’ve never cooked or baked with it, so I am intrigued.
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  2. Strawberry picking is the best! Everyone has fun and builds such great memories! Love all of your ideas.
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  3. I’m taking my son strawberry picking this weekend! Thanks for the ideas!
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  4. The kids have been strawberry picking through school, but I want to go!! Definitely need this on our summer to do list :) Such great reicpes, although the moment we get them home, the girls inhale berries :)
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  5. We are planning on going strawberry picking soon! I need to save this for later
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  6. 11 pounds??? Woooooah! That’s a lot of fruit!
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    • It sounds like SO much! But really it’s not that impressive:) Between eating and cooking we went through them in no time at all. I’m just glad we are moving to Mass so we can double dip in the season!

  7. It was so good to see you one last time before you moved! Yay for strawberry season. We are making strawberry syrup this year. The kids are begging me for strawberry milk and there is no way I am buying that stuff at the store.
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  8. Love anything that contains Strawberries and Rhubarb

  9. This looks amazing too! It would be awesome if you would share this with us! Please add any other recipes to any fruit/veggie category you’d like! Enjoy the harvest!
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