Summer Bucket List: #1 – Go Strawberry Picking

By: April Lukasik

Mmmm…sweet summer strawberries. Is there anything better than fresh berries on a hot day?

Connecticut has dozens of pick-your-own farms, including Rose’s Berry Farm in Glastonbury and Lyman Orchards in Middlefield. Picking season typically runs from early June through early July. Early-season berries tend to be a bit bigger; mid-to late-season strawberries are sweeter and juicier.

When picking berries, keep in mind that they will not ripen once they’re picked. Look for plump berries with a vibrant red color all over. If there’s any green or lightness showing, leave it to ripen longer.

Once you’ve brought home all those juicy red strawberries, be sure to store them in a cool place; they should last for a week in the refrigerator. Wait to rinse until you’re ready to eat as water can speed up spoiling. They can also be frozen to use later! Gently wash and then drain the berries on a paper towel. Once dry, place in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze. After frozen, they should be transferred to an airtight container.

Strawberries are delicious on their own, or mix it up by making a healthy, delicious smoothie your kids will love!
¾ cup milk
2 cups sliced strawberries
½ cup vanilla yogurt
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Makes about 3 servings.

TIP: For an icy cold treat, add ice cubes before blending.

Create your own Summer Bucket List with this printable PDF.
There’s plenty of room for you to brainstorm fun ideas with your family. But most importantly – don’t forget to have fun!