Picking Strawberries at Shelburne Farm

June 19, 2009 · 21 comments · Print This Post

in Boston / Massachusetts

Picking Strawberries in a Gigantic Box

When the weather is cold and dreary like this I always think about Glo Worm toys. I didn’t have the plush version with the battery operated light-up face. I just had one of the plastic ones that you held under a table lamp to charge. Then when I turned out my bedroom light the Glo Worm would light up, sort of creepily, and I’d play with it until it died out and repeat the process again. I’m absolutely like those little toys and right now I desperately need a sunny day to recharge my gloomy mood. We’re building arks in New England and suffering from sever cabin fever but the rain just wont quit and it doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon. Thankfully I have the memories of one of the last truly lovely sunny days we had to keep me going, and even better than sunshine that day also involved picking a massive amount of fresh strawberries at Shelburne Farm.

Shelburn Farm Strawberries

The first thing you need to know is that warm berries freshly picked off the plant taste like a Country Time Lemonade commercial come to life. This is the only time of year that you can get a strawberry that tastes so unbelievably heavenly. It makes the fruit we buy the rest of the time taste like watered down bits of nothingness. I wish I was exaggerating the extravagance of their flavor but I’m truly not.

Almost Ripe

As I had big plans for my personal harvest CK and I opted to pick a very large box of berries. It took us almost half an hour to fill the monstrosity but we enjoyed ourselves. When you live in the city it’s easy to forget what being outside just to be outside truly feels like. We may walk to the T or pop over to Harvard Square but it’s almost always with an indoor destination (restaurant, move theater, bar) in mind. Standing in that field of ruby red berries really made me feel alive.

Beautiful BerriesOf course this sunny fruit excursion didn’t come cheaply. At $3 a pound our very heavy box cost over $44 but I think I’d pay double that just for the privilege of having my apartment smell like a strawberry field for the leisurely two days that it took me to cook, prep, and freeze the various treats that I made.

$44 of Strawberries

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Singleserving June 19, 2009 at 11:43 am

Yum, I grow some in the front of my building, I never come home with as many as you did… FAB!


2 arugulove June 19, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Love this! I used to go to Shelburne Farms to pick strawberries when I was a kid growing up in western Mass.


3 kristina June 19, 2009 at 12:50 pm

I remember Shelburne Farms from when I lived in Massachusetts! I do miss it. Looking forward to pictures of fab strawberry goodies! K x


4 April in CT June 19, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I see I’m not the only mentioning the Ark. I’ve been teasing with friends for the past week that the one I’m building is almost finished. I think it will never end!!

I’m hoping to go blueberry picking this summer. I can’t wait!


5 dawn June 19, 2009 at 2:50 pm

over here on cape cod I am so tired of this weather….didn’t we suffer enough this winter? LOL


6 Bob June 19, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Nice, I remember going to Shelburne once when I was a kid. We went because my mom wanted fresh strawberries and my sister had eaten all of the berries from the rather large patch we had in our yard. Heh.


7 snooky doodle June 19, 2009 at 5:01 pm

those strawberry look so good!


8 Sues June 19, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Those are so bright and pretty! Can’t wait to see what you’re making with them 🙂 I clearly need to go strawberry picking; I haven’t done it in years!


9 Kerstin June 19, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Great, now I need to go to Shelburne and Penzys 🙂 Looks like a fun trip and I can’t wait to see what you did with all the berries!


10 Alisa June 19, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Oh how fun! We used to pick strawberries every year, my mom would make jam and we would snack on them. I really miss that.


11 Elissa June 20, 2009 at 12:03 am

My mom and I go blueberry picking every year but we’ve never picked strawberries. They sound amazing… I’m starting to feel like I’m missing out when we just buy boxes from the store 🙂 I can’t wait to see the beautiful creations you will make with them!


12 Monica H June 20, 2009 at 1:04 am

Sadly. our strawberry pickin’s are slim and mostly over. However, blackberries are ready!


13 Tammy June 21, 2009 at 8:45 am

Wow! What a fun excursion. We had some strawberry plants when I was a kid – but never got very many berries. They are so pretty and cheerful! (And super-yummy, of course!)


14 ttfn300 June 21, 2009 at 9:49 am

I had so much fun picking strawberries last year, and i couldn’t stop! Can’t wait to see what you do with them, but you’re absolutely right, the flavor can’t be beat 🙂


15 Allen June 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm

I hope you’re having fun playing with your bounty of berries – they look beautiful! We did strawberry picking last week and I went overboard with picking … 14 lbs. I’ve made jam, a cobbler, froze a few pounds, gave some to the in-laws, been eating them on my cereal, and this morning made a batch of muffins. And, I still have a bunch left 🙂


16 Carol June 22, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Are there going to be more details about what you made from the strawberries? 🙂 I always go strawberry/other berry/apple picking and then wind up with way too much fruit that I have no idea what to do with.

I really want to make jam, but the whole process kinda scares me — that I’ll mess it up. And it just seems like so so much work. Have you ever tried making freezer jam? Or do you just freeze them whole?


17 Elizabeth June 22, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Oh my I am so jealous! Those look amazing


18 Jess June 23, 2009 at 1:36 am

Could you get any cuter?


19 Monica H June 28, 2009 at 2:37 am

I have an award for you Erin!


20 Rosa Wurtz April 26, 2020 at 3:03 pm

The local aspect of the food from Sustainable Kitchen is one of Halladay’s main focuses: She and Pittinaro meet local farmers to pick up ingredients, or they hit farmers’ markets throughout the county to stock their shelves. They work with farmers such as Sage Hill Goat Dairy in Stowe, Foote Brook Farm in Johnson and Jupiter Farm in Elmore. Pittinaro also grows organic vegetables at their home on Fontaine Road in Morrisville to supplement their cooking.


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