Middlefield, Conn. — June 10, 2017 — Early summer is the time to enjoy the freshest fruits from the fields at Lyman Orchards. And the first fruit of the new season, strawberries, will be available for Pick Your Own beginning in early June. From strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and peaches to apples, pears and pumpkins, Lyman Orchards is the sweetest summer spot you can visit.
Blooming strawberries are the first sign that summer has arrived, and these fresh fruits are available in a full range of delicious varieties from tart to sweet and medium to large.
Lyman Orchards offers seven different varieties of strawberries. Strawberries are a delicious source of potassium and Vitamin C, and one cup of berries has only 55 calories.
“Lyman Orchards literally comes alive during the early summer season with sweet, healthful strawberries ripe for the picking. And strawberries are only the beginning of the bounty our orchards yield,” said John Lyman III, Lyman Orchards’ Executive Vice President. “And we invite everyone who’s looking for some fun family-friendly activity to come out to the farm this season.”
Pick Your Own is open every day once the season begins, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather permitting). Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity and remember to bring sunscreen and a hat. You can call our PYO hotline for up-to-date information, at (860) 349-6015, or visit us online for updates as well.
Here are a few tips to keep your strawberries in tip top shape!
Choose: Look for vibrant red strawberries, with few green or white areas. The caps and berries should look fresh and clean and the berries should be plump. Berry size differs with variety and is not a sign of flavor or quality.
Ripening: Unlike many other fruits, strawberries do not ripen after they are picked. Be sure to pick only berries that are brightly colored red, and fully matured.
Storage: Strawberries are very perishable, so handle them gently. Protect them from direct sunlight, especially when traveling in the car for a long time. Store in a cool place and rinse berries just before use. Remove stems after berries are washed. Always use the ripest berries first.
Freeze: Wash and drain well on paper towel. Place in freezer on cookie sheet, single layered. After frozen, store in containers.
Some facts about strawberries:
- Seeds in your teeth? Anyone? Strawberries are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside. The average berry is adorned with about 200 of them.
- According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans eat an average of 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries every year.
- Ancient Romans believed strawberries had medicinal powers and used them to treat everything from depression to fever and sore throats.
- Strawberries are members of the rose family. Should you come upon a bush of them growing, you’ll instantly know they smell as sweet as they taste.
On Saturday, June 17, come out and enjoy Lyman Orchards’ annual Strawberry Fest, a celebration of summer’s first, sweet fruit! Strawberry Fest includes activities for kids of all ages. There will be breakfast, lunch, and live music (Goldrush), all on the scenic deck; face-painting; pony rides, kettle corn, a pie eating contest and more!