One of the special things about living in Bucks County is the opportunity to pick your own produce. Hopefully you’ve had the pleasure of picking strawberries, straight from the vine after a long day in the sun. I remember being able to bike from my house all the way to Brumbaugh’s Farm in Telford, if I dared. Why risk balancing containers filled with delicious strawberries all the way down County Line?
If you’re like me and you have some fond memories of picking strawberries in the early summer heat, then you’ll be excited to know that strawberry season is upon us! This year should be a good one, weather permitting.
On the East Coast, strawberries should be ready for pick-your-own by mid-May or early June. Because of the unexpected cold weather earlier this spring, many farms have been carefully tending to their crops, as an attempt to bring the berries back to life.
This year, expect to see some farms with pick-your-own by the end of May, and expect others to have their strawberries ready early to mid-June. When you do head out into the fields, be sure to call farms first before making the trip, or check their Facebook pages for updates. Here are some other berry picking tips:
- Always call before showing up at the farm. Depending on the weather, berries may not be ripe or may be picked out. Ask them if you need to bring your own containers. It isn’t a bad idea to check out a farm’s website, which usually has good information, or pick up the phone and give them a good ol’ fashion call.
- Only pick firm, plump and fully red berries. Unripe strawberries won’t ripen after being picked. Grasp the stem just above the berry, between the forefinger and thumbnail. Then pull, with a slight twisting motion. Be gentle putting them in the container.
- Help out the farmers by removing any rotten, bug-eaten or other “bad” berries. Rot will spread quickly to the “good” berries.
- As far as strawberries are concerned, size DOESN’T matter. As long as they are completely red, they’re good to pick. Some even say that the smaller berries taste better.
- The best time to pick strawberries is early on a cool, cloudy day. They’ll last longer than in the heat. Plus, you won’t end up looking like a berry from sunburn!
- Once picked, keep them out of the sun and heat as much as possible. Cool them down as soon as you can. And never wash them until you’re ready to use them—moisture will hasten rotting. Here are some other tips on cleaning strawberries properly.
- Try not to pile the berries more than 5 inches deep in your container. The ones on the bottom will start to bruise from the weight.
- Don’t pick more than you’re going to use. Strawberries will quickly mold at room temperature and will only last a couple of days in the fridge. If you’re not going to use them right away, wash them, cut off the hulls and freeze them in a zipper bag (be sure to squeeze out as much air as possible).
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It looks like a soggy week for Bucks County residents, with thunderstorms and showers popping up almost every day. Good for the herbs I just planted!
Hopefully this week’s foodie happenings will stay safe from the rain. If not, you can check out our locals night guide, where you’ll find tons of options for prix fixe menus and locals night specials.
And don’t forget to review our food calendar to see what’s going on for Memorial Day — which is this weekend!
New menu specials. Spring is in full bloom, and what better way to enjoy it then with some tasty new specials from Karlton Cafe. From 8 – 11 am you can enjoy breakfast specials like fresh peaches and cottage cheese with a grilled cinnamon bun, or asparagus Benedict with sun-dried tomatoes. Lunch is just as delicious and seasonal — so try out items like the bacon and peach panini, or the BBQ chicken tacos.
Mondays at the Bistro. Looking for a great dinner on a Monday night? Try Bistro Rouget in Stockton, NJ for a seasonal prix fixe dinner. It’s $35 on Monday nights only, and you need to call for a reservation at 609.460.4863.
Cinnamon Bun Sale. It’s that time of the month again! We know you can’t resist these ooey gooey cinnamon buns. Stop by the Central Bucks Senior Center (700 N Shady Retreat Rd) in Doylestown for freshly baked cinnamon buns this Tuesday through Friday. The last week of each month, the members of the Senior Center all pitch in to create these mouth-watering sticky buns. Beginning at 9 am you can buy the buns by the dozen in four flavors: plain ($5), raisin ($5.50), nuts ($5.50), or raisin and nuts ($6.50).
Lower Makefield Farmers Market. This Thursday, May 25 is the opening day of the Lower Makefield Farmers Market. This year, the market is adding some new vendors selling cheese, meat, eggs, gluten-free baking, fruits, and cut flowers The market will also have live music and more great family friendly activities.
Wine tasting dinner. If you want to treat yourself to a lovely mid-week wine dinner, go to King George II Inn in Bristol this Thursday, May 25 at 6:30 pm. Thhe inn will host a four-course meal prepared by Chef Fabian Quiros. The wines will be presented by Robert Strasser. You’ll get to feast on dishes like scallops with honey grits, butter roasted Chilean sea bass, and sweet potato beignets. Seating is limited, so call to reserve at 215.788.5536. The meal is $60 per person.
Beer or wine fan? Review our recent Bucks County beer and tidbits post. We’ve found some fun beer and wine events coming up that you’ll want to check out.
Beer dinner at the Yardley Inn. The Weyerbacher Beer Dinner at the Yardley Inn is this Thursday, May 25, starting at 7 pm. Weyerbacher Brewing was founded in 1995 in a livery stable in downtown Easton, Pennsylvania. The brewery’s full-flavored brews will be paired with dishes like white asparagus and passionfruit. Also on the menu is mussels with chicory and cream, and roasted suckling pork with fava beans, to name a few. The dinner is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity.
On the radar…
- The 22nd Annual Lobsterfest at Trinity Solebury Church is coming up on June 3. This annual festival features lobster from Heller’s Seafood, and a rib dinner from More Than Q. There will be live music, games, raffles, and treats by Nina’s Waffles and Ice Cream. You must order by May 26, which is this week, so call 215.297.5153 so you can enjoy this feast for a good cause.
Want to know when your local farmers market will open? Check out our 2017 Guide to Farmers Markets in Bucks and nearby.
And, for more details on any of our food calendar events, please go to our full calendar, Food Events in Bucks County, or click the “continue reading” link below.
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SAVE THE DATES!
Friday, June 2: Cheese and Wine Tasting with local cheeses from Bucks County and nearby. Members only event. SOLD OUT!
Sunday, June 25: Brunch at Genevieve’s Kitchen in Doylestown. Details coming this week.
Monday, July 3: Bowman’s to Bowman’s…Again! Come celebrate the holiday weekend with barbecue and good friends. Details coming soon.
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