Farming Practices, General Info

About 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.
  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 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!