If you love strawberries --- avoid the supermarkets where strawberries are sold before they fully ripen --- and head out to a strawberry picking farm in New Jersey. Strawberries do not ripen after picking.
Fresh picked, fully ripened strawberries are a deep red color throughout including the core, and are juicier, more more tasty, and healthier, than the berries purchased in the supermarkets.
Unfortunately, due to local weather and disease conditions, there are no certified organic strawberry farms in New Jersey or in the nearby regions. While there are a number of organic farms in New Jersey, they are not likely to grow organic strawberries.
Strawberry picking begins in late May in Southern NJ and runs into late June and depending on weather conditions can sometimes last until early July in Northern NJ.
Pick your own strawberries are to be eaten within 2 to 3 days of picking. When picking, select only the red, ripened berries. Leave the green or lighter colored strawberries to continue their growth and ripening process. Freshly picked berries are susceptible to being easily perishable. Avoid leaving them in sunlight or in a hot automobile. Store unwashed strawberries in the refrigerator or dark, cool area.
Note: This information is provided by farms as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes weather and growing conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed farms, it is suggested that you call ahead to confirm current strawberry picking conditions and times.