Strawberries are huge in California! Many of us who curtailed our strawberry consumption due to the studies that the berries absorb more pesticides than other fruits and plants will be glad to know that growers are working to provide healthier, sustainable berry crops that you can eat with berry much enthusiasm. Many of the farms have gone organic, in fact. Why not go visit the farm, pick your own and make the process more meaningful?
California is the nation’s leading producer of strawberries, producing 88% of the country’s total fresh and frozen strawberries (around 2 billion pounds per year.) Ranking below several other crops, the value of strawberries comes in at 6th most valuable fruit crop in California.
If you have the time and are looking for a fun outing, the good news is that most regions of California can grow strawberries that are found nearly everywhere, and have a year-round growing season in the state. The growing and picking seasons vary according to the region-Northern California is the late, mid-to-summer bloomer and Southern California berries are popping up in February through May usually. It’s easier to go to the markets and buy the berries fresh but picking offers fun for families, adults and kids.
Here are some “U Pick Em” strawberry fields and farms:
We’ll continue to update our strawberry picking list and add more counties upcoming. Also stay tuned for the Strawberry Festivals in California–at least half a dozen!Previous: « The Affordable Art Fair in L.A. Jan. 19-22, 2012 | Next: Palm Springs Follies Are Having a Heat Wave »