The cold, wet spring delayed the growing season, but the Minnesota Grown program says consumers can expect a variety of berries ready to be picked and enjoyed throughout the state this month.
On Sunday morning I made a mad dash for Lorence’s Berry Farm in Northfield and picked 16 pounds of strawberries just before a storm came through. The fields had plenty of berries to pick and they were large, juicy, and delicious.
Farmers, as you can imagine, pay a lot of attention to the weather. “In the last few days we’ve had over 6 inches of rain,” said Paul Nelson, of Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm in Montrose.
The long, cool spring is expected to delay Minnesota’s strawberry season by up to two weeks this year. However, the state Agriculture Department says Minnesota strawberry producers are forecasting a large, healthy crop.
Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak is picking up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. However, for a change of pace this week, Mike thought he would share one of his favorite things to make for himself in recent months. It’s a refreshing, fruity spin on the classic mojito.
Remember all those strawberries I picked a few weeks back? While most went into the freezer for future storage, I used a few cups to make a variety of simple syrups for drinks. It’s a simple way to spruce up beverages (hence the term “simple syrup”) and so easy to make.
It was beautiful weather to enjoy a long weekend outdoors and a perfectly timed break for a lot of us who feel like the summer has already flown by. Finally, a chance to stop and smell the roses and in my case, pick 25 pounds of strawberries.
A warm spring and plenty of rain means a bumper crop of strawberries – and they’ll be ready in a week or two. Nancy Jacobson of Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake describes the upcoming atmosphere in the berry fields.
Minnesota growers expect a sensational strawberry season. Minnesota strawberries are ripening early, as much as two to three weeks ahead of normal, and most growers are reporting an excellent crop.
If you were hoping to get out and pick some Minnesota strawberries this year. you may be out of luck. This year’s season was very short-lived.
As a kid, I remember being treated to homegrown strawberries each June, freshly picked from my aunt’s garden. And with each savored bite of those crimson beauties, I wondered how they could taste so incredible.
A few days ago, we told you the strawberry crop is running a bit behind this year. But this morning, there’s some good news.
Minnesota’s strawberry season is looking short but sweet.