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  • Post #61 - June 13th, 2013, 5:03 pm
    Post #61 - June 13th, 2013, 5:03 pm Post #61 - June 13th, 2013, 5:03 pm
    Thompson Strawberry Farm
    "The Berry Best Place To Be"
    262-857-2353
    14000 75th Street Bristol, WI 53104
    http://thompsonstrawberryfarm.com/

    Updated June 11th

    Our 2013 strawberry season will start around the 20th of June. There are lots of green berries coming, they just need a couple of more warm days to turn red! Watch this website, or friend us on Facebook for updates. Later this week we should have a better idea of when the season will start.

    If you have more questions, call:

    (262) 857-2351
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #62 - June 13th, 2013, 7:55 pm
    Post #62 - June 13th, 2013, 7:55 pm Post #62 - June 13th, 2013, 7:55 pm
    Steve Dolinsky did a piece yesterday on Johnson's Farm Produce. By coincidence I stopped by there yesterday on the way back from a meeting in Valparaiso. The berries I purchased were picked earlier in the day. They were small,much smaller then in the video piece,but really juicy and flavorful. They're having a big festival this weekend.

    Strawberry Madness at Indiana farm; Season winding down for local farmers
    At this weekend's Strawberry Madness Festival, there will be strawberries in nearly every form: pies, cheesecake and shortcake, of course.

    Johnson's Farm Produce
    Valparaiso Location
    718 West HWY 30,
    Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
    (219) 759-6359

    Hobart Location
    8960 East Ridge Road
    Hobart, Indiana 46342
    (219) 962-1383
    http://www.johnsonsfarmproduce.com/john ... stival.php
  • Post #63 - June 16th, 2013, 1:18 pm
    Post #63 - June 16th, 2013, 1:18 pm Post #63 - June 16th, 2013, 1:18 pm
    Just got an e-mail that McCann's strawberry farm in Woodstock, IL that they will be open for strawberry picking every day from 8-4. We had a nice time there last year--small operation, nice folks. And a stop at The Spot in Marengo for a burger makes for a nice 1-2 punch


    Bob and Mary McCann
    18110 Kishwaukee Valley Road
    Woodstock, IL 60098
    815-568-8810

    The Spot
    214 S State St
    Marengo, IL 60152
    (815) 568-8676
  • Post #64 - June 17th, 2013, 9:47 am
    Post #64 - June 17th, 2013, 9:47 am Post #64 - June 17th, 2013, 9:47 am
    We picked some fantastic strawberries at Frank Farms in Berrien Center, Michigan on Sunday. The bushes were loaded - definitely the easiest picking we have ever had for strawberries. All are deep red, plump, juicy and very sweet. Price was $1.25/lbs.

    Frank Farms
    8249 Deans Hill Road
    Berrien Center, MI 49102
    (269)-461-4125
    http://www.frankfarms.com/
  • Post #65 - June 26th, 2013, 10:46 am
    Post #65 - June 26th, 2013, 10:46 am Post #65 - June 26th, 2013, 10:46 am
    Bumper crop this year for sure. Almost perfect growing conditions, though a bit wet and cool. This accoring to the longtime local berry farmers in SW MI. Next up: the cherry trees are unreal this year. In a decade of going out there in summers, I have never seen trees loaded down like this. It's as if they have doubled up after losing all the fruit last year.
    Last edited by JeffB on June 26th, 2013, 5:41 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #66 - June 26th, 2013, 4:53 pm
    Post #66 - June 26th, 2013, 4:53 pm Post #66 - June 26th, 2013, 4:53 pm
    Hi- If upicking strawberries is not an option for you, you need to get to the local farmer's market and purchase strawberries and other home grown fruit. There should be a few cherries this week, and I saw red raspberries at Evanston last Saturday. There is going to be a ton of fruit this summer, and a whole lot more than last summer, and the farmers need your business.

    My sister that has the farm, has a picture on her farm's facebook page that she took at the Benton Harbor Meijer's a few days ago. Meijer's had a big sign in their produce section advertising the fact that they carries home grown produce, and underneath the sign they had a pile of California berries. Meijer's does carry way more local produce than Dominick's and Jewel ever does though, and you can go there in August and find homegrown peaches. Thanks, Nancy
  • Post #67 - June 26th, 2013, 9:00 pm
    Post #67 - June 26th, 2013, 9:00 pm Post #67 - June 26th, 2013, 9:00 pm
    Picked a lot of my own berries this afternoon, after my cheery postwoman wrote a note on a piece of my junk mail that observed, "You've got some nice berries out there - better pick them FAST!" Cracked me up. She was right. After the berry border being a complete bust last year, it was great to go out, spend maybe 15 minutes, and get a full pint of dead-ripe beauties. Using foolproof alliums as early-season pollinators really paid off.

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