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July 8, 2013

Strawberries plump for picking

Tips for making the most of the pick-your-own experience

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“We call that the king flower,” she said. “And that’s going to be the first and biggest of the berries.”

But there’s more to come. Secondary flowers mean two or three rounds of ripe berry picking. Facteau said there’s no special technique.

“It’s not like an apple,” she said. 

Apples usually require a twisting motion to pluck the stem from the branch.

“Ripe strawberries will just come off,” she said.

Don’t just pick the surface berries.

“Some of the best big berries are hiding under the leaves, so look under the bush,” Facteau said. “They won’t jump into your basket.”

Facteau said anyone can enjoy the pick-your-own experience.

“It’s a fun, great time for the family.”

PICK-YOUR-OWN PRODUCE Some local farms that offer the pick-your-own experience include: Rulfs Orchard is at 531 Bear Swamp Road in Peru. For questions, call 643-8636 or visit www.rulfsorchard.com. Pray's Family Farms offers pick-your-own strawberries, tomatoes and pumpkins on Route 9 in Keeseville. For questions, call 834-9130.

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