Over the weekend, my husband and I had the pleasure of experiencing the joys of strawberry picking at Maxwell's Farm, nestled in the picturesque surroundings of Cape Elizabeth near Portland, Maine. The day was filled with delightful moments and a bounty of luscious red berries. Join me as I share my unforgettable experience and offer some helpful tips to make the most of your own strawberry-picking adventure.
At Maxwell's Farm, we were greeted by sprawling fields of vibrant strawberry plants, their sweet aroma perfuming the air. With baskets in hand, we embarked on a journey of exploration and indulgence. The experience was nothing short of enchanting, as we plucked ripe, juicy strawberries straight from the vine.
Why should you consider venturing to Maxwell's Farm for your own strawberry-picking escapade?
The answer is simple: the quality and flavor of the strawberries are unparalleled. The farm's commitment to sustainable and organic practices shines through in each delectable bite. The strawberries at Maxwell's Farm are not only bursting with sweetness but are also a testament to the care and dedication of the farmers who cultivate them.
If you find yourself in close proximity to Maine's southern coast, I wholeheartedly recommend a visit to Maxwell's Farm for an unforgettable strawberry picking experience. Located near the ocean, this charming farm offers more than just juicy berries—it provides a refreshing respite from the summer heat with occasional cool sea breezes that make your time in the sun all the more enjoyable.
Looking for the perfect summer activity to enjoy with someone special this month?
Look no further than the delightful experience of strawberry picking. However, time is of the essence, as the strawberry season is short-lived, typically lasting only three to four weeks. With this year's strawberry farms opening a bit later than usual due to the rain, July presents a wonderful opportunity to indulge in this seasonal delight.
Enhance Your Strawberry Picking Adventure with These Valuable Tips
Now, allow me to share some valuable tips to enhance your strawberry picking adventure:
Get the Ripe Berries: When picking strawberries, focus on selecting the ones that have turned a vibrant shade of red. Remember, once they reach this stage, they will not continue to ripen. Don't worry about the size—smaller berries can be just as sweet and flavorful as their larger counterparts.
Picking Technique: To preserve the quality and freshness of the berries, grasp the stem just above the strawberries and give it a gentle twist. This method helps to keep the hull intact and allows the berries to last longer.
Choose a Cloudy Day: If possible, plan your strawberry picking excursion on a cloudy day. Since the fields usually lack shade, this will help you avoid the intensity of the sun's rays and make your experience more enjoyable.
Properly Store Your Berries: After picking your strawberries, it's important to store them correctly to maintain their freshness. Place them in a cool location as soon as possible, as heat can accelerate the spoiling process. If you're not using them immediately, consider refrigerating them to prolong their shelf life.
Freeze the Extra Berries: If you find yourself with an abundance of strawberries that you won't be able to consume right away, freezing them is an excellent option. After washing, hulling, and drying the berries, place them in a freezer bag, removing as much air as possible. This way, you can enjoy their deliciousness even after the strawberry season is over.
Taste as You Go: One of the joys of strawberry picking is the opportunity to sample the fruits of your labor along the way. Indulge in the ripest berries right in the field, allowing their succulent flavors to tantalize your taste buds. This tasting adventure adds an extra layer of enjoyment to your strawberry picking experience.
By following these tips, you'll not only make the most of your strawberry picking adventure but also ensure that you bring home the freshest and most delectable strawberries to enjoy in various culinary creations or simply on their own. Happy picking!
Strawberry picking at Maxwell's Farm was an experience that left us with delightful memories and a basket filled with nature's sweetest treasures. Whether you're seeking a fun activity for the whole family or a romantic outing with your loved one, strawberry picking at Maxwell's Farm is an adventure that should not be missed.
Thanks for reading!
- The Maine Chick