Who Knew the Fruits of Our Labor Could Be So Sweet?
June is the peak season for strawberries at NEPA’s u-pick farms.
Strawberry season is so close, we can nearly taste it. Sure, you can pick up a carton at the farmers’ market or the neighborhood produce stand, but the real fun is in gathering up the family and heading to a u-pick berry farm. Spend an afternoon in the fields, fill up your pails and enjoy a sweet reward for all your hard work.
When it comes to freshness, you can’t get much better than local berries straight from the source. Bake a strawberry shortcake or whip up a batch of mom’s famous jam. Use them to top off a stack of pancakes or blend them up in a smoothie. Or just enjoy them fresh from the basket.
The Beatles got it wrong— it’s not strawberry fields forever. The season only lasts a few weeks, so head to these local farms while they’re ripe for the picking.
Note: Most farms are modifying their usual procedures to follow social distancing and safety guidelines. Call or check social media to learn more. Also, picking conditions can change daily, so make sure to confirm operating hours.
U-Pick Strawberry Farms:
Pumpkin Hill Produce
Opening Date: June 14
Visit Pumpkin Hill Produce in Nescopeck for delicious, homegrown strawberries. Their produce stand and u-pick fields are open for the season.
LaCoe’s Berry Nice Farm
Opening Date: June 15
Strawberry season kicks off an entire summer of berry picking at LaCoe’s in Clarks Summit. Bring your buckets and head out into the patch at this family farm. Remember, LaCoe’s is cash only.
Opening Date: June 18
Take a wagon ride out to the fields at Pallman Farms in Clarks Summit. You can also take the easy route and buy a pre-picked quart. Insider tip: don’t leave without trying a Strawberry Splash Smoothie.
Rohrbach’s Farm Market
Picking Update: Finished for 2020 Season
A trip to Rohrbach’s in Catawissa has been a NEPA tradition for 65 years. Their pick-your-own season is finished for the year, but you can still buy pre-picked berries and strawberry desserts at the farm market.