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U-Pick Strawberries

 

The U-Pick Berry Shack is

CLOSED for the season!

Thank you for picking!

Hours

Closed for the season

*These hours are dependent on weather & field conditions. Stay updated on our Facebook page for closings and changes.

Strawberry Patch Address

7200 112th Ave

 

Holland,  MI 49424

*Follow signs for the U-Pick Strawberry Patch. Parking is available by the Berry Shack. 

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U-Pick Tips:

  • Please bring your own shallow containers.  Containers that are too deep will cause the bottom berries to be crushed by their own weight.  We have flats/quarts available, but there is an extra charge for them.

  • No appointments are necessary to pick strawberries!  Just drive right out to the fields and someone will greet you at the Berry Shack and get you started.

  • Please dress comfortably!  Wear loose clothing to stay cool and please know you WILL get dirty!  

  • Tennis shoes are the best choice in footwear. Hats and Sunscreen are a must!

  • You may want to bring mosquito/fly repellent just in case.

  • Select berries that are ripe and firm.  Berries do not ripen after they are picked.

  • Try to pick berries with their tops still on them.  When tops are removed, they tend to lose their vitamin content and get waterlogged when rinsed.

  • Our U-Pick staff will direct you to start where the little flag is.  This is where the person before you left off.  You can continue down the row, taking the flag with you, and leave the flag where you end for the next person to start.  This helps us to keep track of what has been picked and what has not.

  • Please try to pick every ripe berry from each plant rather than jumping from plant to plant and row to row.  

  • Keep your eyes peeled for the berries hidden underneath the foliage as these are some of the best!

  • Fresh strawberries off the vine are very perishable and should be used or preserved soon after harvesting.

Tips For Storage

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  • Do not wash berries until you are ready to use/consume them!
  • If you need to wait a day or two before you can get to using/storing them, then try to keep them in the same container you picked them in and keep them cool in the refrigerator.
  • When you are ready to use them, wash them carefully in a pan or sink of cool water.  
  • DO NOT LET THEM SOAK or they will become waterlogged!
  • Remove them immediately after rinsing and drain in a colander or spread out on paper towel.
  • Dry them off as much as possible, keeping them from soaking up the excess water.
  • Hull or remove the stem after you are finished rinsing.
  • For long term storage, we recommend freezing the berries: Place the berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and place in the freezer until hard.  Then transfer the berries into heavy duty freezer bags or prepared containers and store in the freezer.