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Celebrating Summer with Strawberries

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Strawberries are synonymous with spring and its promised abundance. Ancient Romans believed the strawberry alleviated melancholy and it certainly is uplifting to spy the red fruits and pop them in your mouth, savoring the tart burst of flavor. It’s no wonder these special treats inspire festivals across the country to celebrate the oncoming summer months, as well as acknowledge the fruit’s history in bringing communities together. Celebrate all the ways one can consume strawberries at one of these festivals, or pick your own strawberries at one of the organic farms listed below.

 

MVR Hatshorn Organic Farm Strawberry Festival, Waitsfield, VT.

The fun at Hatshorn Farm lasts June 18-19, 2017, from 11-4pm, or until all the strawberry is gone. Happy hunters are limited to a quart, but can get their fill of strawberry milkshakes, creams, berries dipped in maple cream, strawberry maple switchel beverages and strawberry shortcake. Kids can enjoy oxen cart rides and maple cotton candy while adults can partake in a variety of contests, from poetry and story writing, to window decorating, berry bonnet and creative costume, and of course the big bake-off with all results being announced at the farm on Sunday. 

 

 

Strawberry Days, Glenwood Springs, CO.

The 120th annual Strawberry Days will take place this year on June 16-18th, 2017 at Sayre (Strawberry) Park, and is the oldest civic festival in Colorado. The theme of this year’s three day festival is “50 Years of Peace, Love & Learning”. The event includes: live music, an arts and crafts fair, a carnival, a parade down Grand Avenue, and free strawberries and ice cream in keeping with tradition from the last century. Local scholarship hopefuls will compete for the title of Miss Strawberry Days and Strawberry Princesses will also be crowned. The festival is a long way from the first strawberry picnics of the old West, but the message remains the same, “have fun, meet old friends and make new ones.”

 

The 75th Marysville Strawberry Festival, Marysville, WA.

The Marysville Strawberry Festival, held June 10-17th, 2017 in beautiful Snohomish County, and nestled between the vivid blue waters of Puget Sound and the jagged peaks of the Cascade Mountains, is one of the oldest continuing festivals held in the State of Washington. Hosted by the Strawberry Days royalty, the seven-day event includes parades, a carnival, a car show, live music and a berry run 5k in order to work up an appetite for the annual strawberry shortcake eating contest. 

 

Benner’s Farm Strawberry Fair, East Setauket, NY

The 26th annual Strawberry Fair at Benner’s farm on June 10-11th, 2017 coincides with this year’s Strawberry moon. Self-sufficiency is the theme at this 15-acre farm on the North Shore of Long Island, where they’ve been raising organic strawberries since the very beginning. Time stands still on the farm and crafts, old-fashioned baseball, sack races, wheelbarrow races and bubble gum blowing contests rule the day. On hand will be a variety of yummy organic strawberry goodies, including homemade strawberry ice cream, strawberries with chocolate, sundaes, waffles and jams, all to be taken in to the tunes of an old time band.

 

Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days, Pleasant Grove, UT

As the longest running festival in Utah, Strawberry Days lasts a full week with signature events each day. From June 10-18th, 2017, berry enthusiasts can attend and participate in: a free concert, a rodeo with mutton busting for kids, parades, Huck Finn Day—complete with fishing out of the town pond, a pie eating contest, a pet show, crafts, the town carnival, all complete with a taste of strawberries and cream.  On Saturday night, student council students light the “G” on the hill overlooking town, brightening the night for all festival-goers.

 

Strawberry Festival Morning Glory Farm, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, CT

The annual celebration of sweetness will take place on June 24th, 2017 from 11-2pm at Morning Glory Farm. Running at 15 years or more (residents aren’t quite sure) family activities include face painting, games and hayrides. Residents and tourists alike flock to the island festival to enjoy a lazy summer afternoon of grass-fed beef burgers on the lawn, strawberry lemonade with signature strawberry shortcake or a variety of tasty strawberry treats concocted by the farm’s baker.

 

Pick-your-own farm options at one of these agri-tourist destinations:

 

Bella Organic, Portland, OR

Head to this completely solar-powered farm on Sauvie Island, a freshwater island 12 miles from downtown Portland, and you'll be rewarded with certified organic Hood strawberries specific to the Northwest. Bella Organic offers a variety of Agri-tourism activities as a way to create an interactive farm where customers can experience farming first-hand.

 

Crystal Bay Farm, Watsonville, CA

This farm offers the best organic strawberries overlooking beautiful Monterey Bay. Nested between two state parks, Crystal Bay Farm is the perfect place to pick your own strawberries, visit the farm animals and have a picnic. Find it hard to leave? Farmstays are available.

 

The Berry Patch Farm, Nevada, IA

Pick from the Harvest Honeoye, Jewel, and Sparkle varieties on 10 sprawling acres at this quiet family farm. The owners, who have been farming this land since the early 1970s, follow organic practices and use sustainable farming techniques.

 

Cedar Circle Farm, Thetford, VT

This year, instead of hosting their usual Strawberry Festival, Cedar Circle decided to bring the focus back to pick-your-own, in hopes of better engaging and educating the local community. Keep an eye out for fun, on-the-farm activities when picking berries on Saturdays and Sundays—pickers may be surprised with a wagon ride, live music, or a special strawberry treat.

 

Wilson’s Organic Strawberry Farm, Alexandria, MN

Brian and Laura Wilson own and operate a 44-acre certified organic fruit and vegetable farm where they have declared it their mission to, “promote a healthy community while caring for the land we love, and making fruits and vegetables of the highest quality available to everyone!” The Wilsons specialize in high-quality strawberries with superior flavor. Customers can pick their own berries starting in mid-June or buy them pre-picked along with a large variety of other fruits and vegetables.

 

Don’t see a strawberry festival you like here? Choose your own berry adventure while pursuing the websites below.

 

StrawberryPlants.org: pick-your-own strawberries

PickYourOwn.org: strawberry festivals

 

 

 

*All content provided in this blog is supplied by Lyndsay Meyer and is for informational purposes only. Barclaycard makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information contained in the blog or found by following any link within this blog.

 

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