4 Farms to Visit for Pick-Your-Own Strawberries
The season is short, but the berries are ripe for picking (and eating).
Strawberry season is a short and fleeting time from mid-June to early July (if we are lucky). As quickly as the berries emerge and ripen, they are gone just as fast. Be sure to head to one of these local farms so you can pick-your-own ruby red berries and incorporate them into pies, shortcakes, salads or straight from stem to mouth.
11 Peck Hill Rd., Johnston, 401-942-9741, salisburyfarm.com.
Salisbury Farm is now open for strawberry pickin.’ All customers will be required to wear face masks, maintain six feet of social distancing, wash their hands before and after picking and stay in specific, assigned rows while picking. Containers to collect the strawberries will be provided by the farm. The farm encourages customers to visit around the middle of the season (June 21) when the strawberries are ripest.
Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m.−5 p.m., but check Salisbury Farm’s Facebook page for updates on availability before you go.
90 George St., Seekonk, Mass., 508-336-5587, fourtownfarm.com.
Pick the freshest strawberries straight off the stem at Four Town Farm. At the start of the season, the strawberries get picked over quickly, so check for updates before you go to make sure the field is still open. In accordance with CDC guidelines, the farm will not be offering tractor rides this season. Upon arrival at the farm families are asked to stay together, an activity plan will be explained before picking to ensure safety. Other safety precautions include the use of masks, one-way aisles, six-feet distances and new you-pick boxes that can be purchased at the farm. Four Town Farm is recommending that customers use a card payment and refrain from sampling the produce while picking.
Hours: Pick-your-own begins at 9 a.m., until the fields are picked over. The farm stand is open for produce pickup Mon.−Sun., 9 a.m.−6 p.m.
895 Middle Rd., Portsmouth, 401-683-1254, facebook.com/QuonsetViewFarm
Strawberry-picking season at Quonset View Farm will officially begin on June 12 and will open thirty minutes prior to their official opening for anyone who is immunocompromised or over the age of sixty. Check in on the Facebook page for updates on availability. This 140-acre farm was founded in 1915 and is a place where guests can pick ripe strawberries overlooking the shoreline of Aquidneck Island. The potato farm grows strawberries in the late-spring and early-summer and harvests spuds later in the season. In an effort to keep customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the farm will be helping to keep a six-foot distance between families and asks that everyone wear a mask. Additionally, all rows are one way, there are hand-washing stations available for use and parents are asked to keep their children close.
Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m.−6 p.m.
Brandon Family Farms
592 Fairgrounds Rd., West Kingston, 401-932-6481, facebook.com/Brandon-Family-Farm
Brandon Family Farms’ “Organic U-Pick” season is now open. The farm is maintaining social distancing between families by offering admission tickets for certain timeslots, which will be sold online. If you simply want to pick up a pre-picked quart, call the farm stand ahead of time so that they can have some ready for you or order online on their website.
Hours: Open Fri.–Mon., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.