June is the season for strawberries in Vancouver. Nothing beats freshly picked strawberries from the farm. Arkensen loves strawberries and who can resist such sweet and juicy berries.
Strawberry is small plant of the rose family. Strawberries are not really “berries” or fruit in the botanical sense. The real fruit of the strawberry is the strawberry seeds on the outside of the strawberry or properly called “achenes”. The berry is actually the enlarged receptacle and is not reproductive material. That’s why strawberry has to be picked at full ripeness because they cant ripen once picked.
We live very near to some farm lands and the sign for U-Pick Strawberries was up last week.
Here is a list of U-Pick Strawberries farms in Richmond and other parts of Lower Mainland:
|G.J. Farms||11300 No.4 Road||604-272-4033|
|Bob Featherstone Farm||#4 Road south of Steveston Hwy||604-594-9518|
|W&A Farms||17771 Westminster Hwy||604-278-5667||www.wafarms.ca|
|Birak Berry Farm||4200 No. 6 Road||604-339-9335||bcstrawberries.com|
|Krause Berry Farm||6179 248 St. Langley||604-856-5757||http://krauseberryfarms.com|
|Fraser Valley Strawberry Growers Association||www.bcstrawberries.com|
The U-Pick farm was opened on last Saturday. I went there around 10:00 a.m. and there were a crowd already.
The strawberries here are smaller but much sweeter than those imported from the United States which are commonly found in the groceries stores. Moreover, the labour of picking the berries makes them much sweeter.
I picked a full bucket of strawberries that morning.
It only costs …… $1 for a pound and my full bucket costs $3.50.
I went back to the farm on Tuesday morning and it was closed already. I should have picked more on that day. The season for strawberries is short. So, enjoy them while you can. Here are some wonderful recipes with strawberries:
- Strawberries Freezer Jam
- Dr. Oetker Jam Express
- Strawberry Juice with Bee Pollen
- Spinach and Strawberry Salad
- Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce
- Strawberry Banana Cream
- Strawberry Swiss Roll
- Strawberry Ice-cream
- Berry Bread
- Fresh Fruit Cake