Farming Practices, General Info

About Strawberries

Strawberries

Strawberries have been SLOWLY coming in here at Pickett’s Harbor Farms. The weather this spring simply has not been very favorable for these delectable delights. Still, we do have a crop and slowly the berries are becoming ready.

This week, we made the decision to offer the crop as “Pick-Your-Own.” Come by and grab a quart basket (as seen in the picture above), head out to the field and feel free to hunt down your strawberries. We estimate that there will be a fair amount of berries by the weekend of May 10; however, the weather is unpredictable and therefore, so is the berry-yield.

There are a few tips to keep in mind when harvesting strawberries.

  1. Rinse them, but only just before you are ready to eat or prepare them. As noted in this article, if you rinse them or pick them under damp conditions, they may not hold up as long as usual. http://localfoods.about.com/od/strawberries/qt/How-To-Store-Strawberries.htm
  2. Here is some good advice regarding how to pick and select your own:  click here Bear in mind, you should pick strawberries when they are red and ripe – they will not ripen once picked like other produce might.
  3. The less handling, the better they will keep. Strawberries are delicate and may bruise easily.
  4. Call ahead to get an idea of what’s available in our crop – we will do our best to get back to you before you come by.

We hope to see you all soon on the Farm! If you are unable to pick your own or know someone who is, please give us a call and leave a message. Our farmhands will be happy to assist you. Call (757) 331-1610 or email pickettsharborfarms@gmail.com. We are often out “working in the field” but we will return your calls and emails as soon as possible.

Do you have a STRAWBERRY RECIPE you would like to share with us? Please feel free to leave it in the comments below.

Happy Strawberry Season All!

Farm Friends

Weekend Activities on the ESVA – April 27

Things are just getting started at Pickett’s Harbor Farms this season…. Sure it’s a little slow as the only crop in season right now is asparagus. We are so happy that many of you are willing to stop by the farm just to pick up this delectable veggie while waiting for our other crops to come in (did we mention strawberries will be here soon?).

For those of you who are looking for something to do this weekend AND who would enjoy asparagus or sweet potatoes, why not hop on the ESVA House and Garden Tour? Visit our friends at the neighboring Pickett’s Harbor Beach House and on your way out of Pickett’s Harbor Drive, pick up your asparagus or sweet potatoes for dinner.

As you continue on the tour “up the Shore,” stop into see our friends at Brown Dog Ice Cream in Cape Charles. They will be opening their 2013 season and you may be certain our fresh fruits will soon appear in some of their sweet frozen treats as summer approaches! Also in Cape Charles is the Historic Palace Theatre and the adjacent Stage Door Gallery – a great place to view the works of local artists.

See you soon on the Farm!

Farm Friends

A restaurant focused on sweet potatoes?! That’s ‘Hayma-zing’

HB1 Pickett’s Harbor Farms loves providing fresh produce to our neighbors on the Shore. Sometimes, we are fortunate enough to supply local eateries and neighboring Hampton Roads establishments with our yummy produce!
The Handsome Biscuit in Norfolk, VA is just one of these places. The Handsome Biscuit is BIG on sweet potatoes. To find out just how big, check out our friend Lorraine Eaton’s latest blog: http://hamptonroads.com/2013/04/handsome-biscuit-pilot-investigation

Pickett’s Harbor Farms is proud to be a supplier of sweet potatoes to the Handsome Biscuit. If you can’t make it to the Eastern Shore, stop in and see Dave and the gang. They will help you get your sweet potatoes fix!

HB2

Farming Practices

Bees are essential to the farm

Bees are essential to the farm

According to the VDACS website:

“The Indispensable Honey Bee

Since their introduction in the early 1600’s honey bees have been an essential part of agriculture in North America. Production of honey is the most widely viewed benefit of honey bees. However, their value as pollinators far exceeds honey production. In 2000 pollination by honey bees added over $14 billion to United States agriculture economic value through improved product quality and increase crop harvest. The 2002 added value to the Virginia apple industry resulting from honey bee pollination was estimated as $23 million. Besides apples there are numerous fruit, vegetable, and nut crops that depend on honey bees and other insect pollinators to insure proper pollination and abundant harvest.”

http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/plant&pest/apiary.shtml

This little fella is assisting with Pickett’s Harbor Farms’ peach crop. Photo by Ginnie Parker of Pickett’s Harbor Farms.