Strawberry Picking Season has Arrived


June 25, 2018 01:16 PM

Fresh pick strawberries

Summer is finally here, and in Maine, that means it’s strawberry picking season! Did you know strawberries are full of vitamins and minerals such as fiber, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins C and K? Just one serving of strawberries (about 8) provides you with more Vitamin C than an orange! Plus, they are rich in antioxidants, and yummy, making them a perfect snack.

The health benefits are great and strawberries should be enjoyed year-round, but in the summertime, they seem to taste even better when you hand-pick them yourselves. This is an activity that the whole family can enjoy; it gets you outside, you can enjoy fresh berries along the way, and to add a little competition, try seeing who can fill up their carton the fastest or who finds the best strawberries!

Spectrum Docs Top Picks:

Many of our doctors’ love Maine for the wide variety of outdoor activities they can enjoy during all four seasons. Picking strawberries with their families is a popular choice for our doctors in the summertime, especially since there are strawberry fields all over Maine. Check out some of their favorites places to go strawberry picking!

Tate’s Strawberries in Corinth, Maine is Dr. Amy Harrow’s favorite spot to pick strawberries!

Maxwell’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth is a treasured spot for Dr. Dan Kloda, he’s been picking strawberries here since he was a kid. We know this is a great spot because it is also the favored choice by Dr. Jennifer Talmadge!

Fairwinds Farm in Bowdoinham, is the top choice for Dr. Matt Cheney. Located along with banks of the Kennebec River, they use responsible growing practices which is a nice added benefit!

Doles Farm in Limington is Dr. Jeffrey Bean’s favorite place to pick strawberries in the summer. Fun fact: they provide a lot of the fruit for Allagash beers!

Don’t forget about wild patches of strawberries, which is Dr. Elena Resnick’s favorite place to pick. She also loves exploring new farms every year, the best part isn’t about where you are, but seeing how much fun her kids have while trying to fit a limitless amount of strawberries into their bellies!

Or if you’re like Dr. Hagen Blasyk who’s always on the go, you can buy fresh strawberries from local farms at your grocery store! This is a great way to still get all the added benefits of strawberries when you don’t have the time to pick them yourselves.

 

The Fun Keeps Going

The fun doesn’t have to stop once you pull away with all your fresh strawberries, now it’s time to use them! If you can resist eating them all at once, there are so many ways to use strawberries for every meal. For breakfast, you can make strawberry pancakes, waffles, or even homemade jam. At lunchtime, try making a strawberry salad with fresh greens, red onion, walnuts, feta cheese, and of course your fresh strawberries! This is a dish that can easily be customized, just add in your favorite ingredients and dressing and you’re good to go. For dinner, try making pork with a strawberry sauce or salmon with a strawberry-basil relish. And finally, there’s dessert! There’s a seemingly endless amount of sweet treats you can make with strawberries; whether its strawberry shortcake, cupcakes, cheesecake, or a fresh berry tart, you can find a dessert that the whole family will enjoy!

Happy picking!