Rochester MN Guide to Strawberry Picking

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Rochester MN Guide to Strawberry Picking

Don’t put it off, as berry picking is a short season!  You don’t want to miss out on freshly picked strawberries straight from the field. 🍓

Details are as current as possible, but check websites or Facebook pages and call before packing the kids into the car, in case farms have changed their hours.

This post was last updated on June 21, 2022

Bear Creek Farm

Address: 9546 10th Street SE, Eyota MN 55934

Phone: (507) 951-8165

Estimated Opening Date: Strawberries will most likely be ready around Monday, June 20th. Check Facebook for updates.

Hours/Days: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (or until berries are sold out) CLOSED ON SUNDAYS

Price: please call for information

U-Pick or Pre-picked: both

Other Information: The website says Bear Creek Farm chooses to not pay for the label of certified organic as it is a big expense for a small farm, but they do not use any herbicides and pesticides on their crops and they choose to only use organic-based fertilizers.

Chester Berry Farm

Address: 6225 10th Street SE, Rochester MN 55904

Phone number: (507) 269-4748

Estimated Opening Date: Estimated around June 17th. Check their Facebook page for updated information.

Hours/Days: Hours vary based on the availability of the strawberries.  CHECK before you go.  (Monday-Sunday 9:00 am-6:00 pm)

Price: check their Facebook page

U-Pick or Pre-picked: both

Other information: Joe says, “Our fields will have weeds because we do not spray them so that the children can snack while they are out there and not get sick.”

Their Facebook page also has strawberry recipes!

Chester Berry Farm

Firefly Berries

Starting Friday, JUNE 24 they will be open for U-Pick Strawberries EVERY OTHER DAY from 8 am – 12 noon. No reservations needed. It will be first come, first pick. Cost will be $2.50 per pound + a nominal fee for the bucket to pick in (you can bring your own container if you so choose).

They will continue to be open, hopefully through next week… Sunday, June 26th, Tuesday, June 28th, and Thursday, June 30th — all from 8 am – 12 noon. Along with strawberry picking, they will have jams, juice, raw honey, lemonade, grape popsicles and maybe even some trail mix and naturally dyed yarn available for you to purchase and enjoy.

This may change depending on the crop, so please confirm via the Facebook page before making plans.

Address: 542 23rd St NE, Rochester MN 55906

Phone Number:  (507) 252-1309

Estimated Opening Date: Estimated around June 23rd

Hours/Days: U-pick ONLY (estimated June 24th): Wednesdays and Sundays from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm (PLEASE CHECK BEFORE YOU GO – SEE NOTE ABOVE).

Price: check their Facebook page

U-Pick or Pre-picked: both

Miracle Strawberry Farm

Estimated Opening Date: Mid to late June

Address: 60687 205 Avenue, Dodge Center MN 55907

Phone Number: (507) 884-7247

Hours/Days: Sunday through Thursday (8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.), Friday (8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), closed on Saturday (PLEASE CHECK ON HOURS BEFORE HEADING OUT)

U-Pick or Pre-picked: both

Price: check website


 

Nothing kicks off summer like a day of strawberry picking! Succulent berries plucked from the plant and popped right in your mouth.  Your kids have red-stained fingers and faces from all that picking/eating in the fields. Everyone’s happy after a day at the strawberry farm. So now what to do with your bounty? Of course, you can continue nibbling on fresh berries until they’re gone, but if you want to feel like Martha Stewart without the effort, I’ve got a plan for you. Strawberry jam without canning.

I once dreamed of a larder full of canned produce; I let those aspirations fall by the wayside when I realized all that canning “stuff” was going to take up valuable real estate in my kitchen! Plus, I was convinced that I’d never seal those jars properly, and my family would end up hospitalized with botulism.

Guide to Strawberry Picking | Rochester MN Moms Blog

So I’m happy to simply make a small batch of “No-Canning Required” Strawberry Jam after a day of picking berries.

No Canning Required Strawberry Jam

Ingredients for 1 pint of jam (recipe crafted from multiple online sites)

1 pound of hulled strawberries

½ cup sugar (I’m not a fan of super sweet jam – so if you are, add more, up to 1 cup, if you like)

1 lemon, juiced

Directions

*Cut up your hulled strawberries (big pieces for chunky jam, a smaller slice for not-so-chunky)

*Put your strawberries in a wide-bottomed pot with sugar and lemon juice.

*Cook on low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

*Cook on high heat until boiling. Time varies depending on the quantity of strawberries used. Stir occasionally to prevent burning on the bottom.

*If it seems too chunky, grab your potato masher and crush the fruit a little, if you are so inclined.

*Let it cool a little before transferring to jars. OR warm your jars up (running them through the dishwasher does the trick). You don’t want to transfer the hot jam to cold jars and risk breakage!

*Put the lids on the jars and store them in the fridge for up to 4 weeks!

And now you’re a jam maker!

 

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Colleen Timimi, a former middle school English teacher turned stay-at-home-mom, moved to Rochester in 2005. Texan by birth, Floridian by high school graduation, she has truly found her home here. She and her husband are parents to a nine-year-old daughter and an eight-year-old son. When she isn’t trapped in the great internet time suck aka Facebook (Hey, where did that hour go?), she spends her days chauffeuring children and volunteering. She is passionate about reading, writing (eventually one of those works-in-progress will be finished), and running (and you thought the next word was going to be arithmetic!). Nearly 10 years into motherhood, Colleen continues to navigate parenting, where she is her own boss and the schedule is never consistent.

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