Strawberry Pickin’

Seriously, how have I lived on this Earth for 27+ years and not had the pleasure of tasting a freshly picked strawberry straight off the vine. It’s beyond sad, really. Now that I’ve seen the light though, I can tell you I’ll never be able to look at store bought strawberries the same way, that’s fo shizzle.

So Jay and I have been on a little household mission around here to transition our shopping habits a bit so that we are getting more locally grown, sustainably harvested and minimally processed foods into our belly instead of the plethora of unhealthy junk that’s out there seemingly lining the streets. So when I started to see tons of strawberry picking signs beginning to dot the landscape this spring, I told Jay that by George, we were going to join our neighbors and go get ourselves a bushel. 😀 (more or less). Seriously, we had so. much. fun. (and a TON of strawberries to eat after we got home)

North Carolina Strawberry Fields

Since we got a hankering to go strawberry picking on Sunday, and virtually everything is closed down south on Sunday’s, we landed up at a location that was a bit on the touristy side of things (aka, more expensive and gimmicky than most), but still in the big scheme of things – pretty sweet! For $10, they just gave you a big old bucket (that you get to keep in the end) and told you to fill it to your hearts content!

And we sure did! 🙂

Strawberry Field Locations Durham

Since we had never picked strawberries fresh off the vine before we did a bit of reading before we started out that basically said you should try to pick strawberries that were as consistently red as possible, with no green peaking through. Unlike a banana, for instance, a strawberry will not continue to ripen after it’s picked from the vine – so what you see is what you get.

Strawberry Fields North Carolina

Although most of the strawberries were absolutely perfect and ripe, it’s only about mid-way through the season down here, so there were quite a few that still had some time before they’d be ready to be picked.

Just look at all those ripe (and delicious!!) berries ready to be put in my belly!

Strawberry Picking in Durham

We seriously had the best time and we’re totally converted to the sweet, sweet taste of home grown berries. There really just isn’t any way to compare them with store bought berries. Can I get an amen, from anyone who’s seen the light? Normally I find strawberries to be a bit tart, but these glorious gifts to mankind are so sweet they taste like they’ve been dunked in sugar. Mmmmmmhmmmmm, that’s how I like my berries. 😉

Farm Fresh Strawberries

In addition to a few large fields of strawberries, there was also lots of other fresh produce available for purchase. Although it was a tad more expensive than our produce down at the farmer’s market, everything was still very reasonable priced, with full heads of lettuce starting as low as $2.

North Carolina Produce Station

We definitely had to get strawberry shortcake added to our dinner menu once we had a bucket full of strawberries sitting on our hands. So. Dang. Good. People!

Strawberry Shortcake

Since I’m sure all the locals that may either be new the area, or are not familiar with all the patches around these parts would be interested, I thought I’d also put a list together so all the Triangle crowd can enjoy the sweet taste of summertime, too!

Strawberry Picking Locations

Cates Corner Farm
Hillsborough, NC

Double R Cattle Services Inc.
701 Ollie’s Lane
Hillsborough, NC 27278

McAdams Farm
1100 Efland Cedar Grove Rd.
Efland, NC 27243

Whitted Bowers Farm
8707 Art Rd.
Cedar Grove, NC 27231

Waller Family Farm
5030 Kerley Rd.
Durham, NC 27705

Buckwheat Farm
2700 Holland Rd.
Apex, NC 27502

DJ’s Berry Patch
1223 Salem Church Rd.
Apex, NC 27523

Hilltop Farms
6612 Kennebec Rd.
Willow Springs, NC 27592

Jean’s Berry Patch
3003 NC Hwy. 751
Apex, NC 27523

Page Farms
6100 Mt. Herman Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27617

Phillips Farms
6701 Good Hope Church Rd.
Cary, NC 27519

Pope’s Strawberries of Raleigh
1305 Fayetteville St.
Knightdale, NC 27545

Confession, I have Wendy’s fast food digesting in my gut as I type this. #FeelingGuilty. Needless to say – we’ve been approaching this food transition in a very real way. I.E. Sometimes fast food will still make it’s way into our lives 😉 Baby steps, people, baby steps.