• By Mary Jac Brennan
  • Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Strawberry Season in North Carolina

Strawberry season will soon be in full swing and anyone who likes fresh, local fruit needs to get out on farm to pick berries or pick them up at the farm stand. Local berries are sweeter and much more flavorful than berries that have been shipped in from other states. There is really no comparison. You simply can’t beat the taste of a berry grown on a nearby farm.

Find local strawberries for sale at local farmers markets, grocery stores and at pick your own locations in Forsyth County. View a list of local strawberry growers.

For directions on how to freeze fresh, local strawberries see the instruction sheet.

Strawberries are ripening now. Historically, Mother’s Day weekend is the height of strawberry harvest season. We will see berries ripening over the next few weeks. The length of the berry picking season depends on how fast our weather warms up, whether it rains, and of course how much demand there is for fresh strawberries.

Despite a late cold snap, local strawberry growers are expecting a strong season that will last until the first part of June. Growers use a combination of row covers and irrigation to preserve their strawberry crop. Get ready to enjoy some delicious and nutritious berries!

North Carolina is the nation’s fourth-largest producer of strawberries and has the country’s largest fresh market for strawberries. Consumers can find local strawberries at roadside stands, farmers markets, area grocery stores and pick-your-own farms across the state. May 22 is Strawberry Day at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Colfax. There is a recipe contest with cash prizes on that day.

For more information about the recipe contest rules visit the Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market website for details.

North Carolina berries are delicious in a number of dishes. Eat them fresh, just as they are or add them to cereal, pair them with seafood dishes, toss them into salads with nuts and seeds. They freeze well and they are healthy. They contain vitamins, minerals and other healthy compounds that help reduce the risk of diseases. Help a local farmer and help yourself!

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