Strawberry season is in full swing here in the Umpqua Valley. Kruse Farms opened their fields for u-picking over a week ago and they have their fresh rhubarb for sale for those who enjoy the combination in dishes like Rhubarb-Strawberry Crisp. U-pick berries are $1.00 per pound.
Brosi Sugartree Farms had a booth at the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market this morning with their strawberries for sale, but they also do u-pick at their farm near Winston. U-pick berries are $1.00 per pound.
And, for those of you who have been searching for "no-spray" strawberries to pick, I've found the spot. I checked out the Lookingglass Farmers Market yesterday and met Anna from 3 Sparrows Farm. She is growing, picking and selling Benton and Tri-star berries at the site in Canyonville that was formerly Mary's Garden. She says they are not certified organic but the fields have not been sprayed in years. They are open seven days a week from 8:00am to 10:00 pm, but call first to check on conditions at 541-784-5705. Anna also sells her berries at the Canyonville Farmers Market (new this year!) and it's held on Wednesdays from 4-7pm. She said it's a great market with about 24 vendors so far. I'm going to have to plan a Wednesday to go pick berries and check out the market afterward. U-pick berries are $1.15 per pound.
Of course, if you just want to buy a few pints of berries for fresh eating, you can't beat the organic strawberries from Big Lick Farm I buy at the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market. Suzi and Asinete grow the most delicious Seascape berries and they are worth every penny of the $3/pint basket I pay for them.
Enjoy the strawberries while they last. Cherries will be coming on soon.