Surry County Strawberries 2021
Local strawberry farms are planning to be in full swing by Mother’s Day weekend. These sweet berries will be available for at least four weeks depending on variety and Mother Nature. Contact individual farms for strawberry availability and market hours.
Bullington Farms Strawberries
Pick up location:
• Mountain View Restaurant parking lot – 729 S. Key Street, Pilot Mountain
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Country Road Strawberries
Pick up locations:
• Farm Stand – 610 Mount Zion Road, Pinnacle
• Farmers Markets
• Libby Hill parking lot – 199 Mayberry Mall, Mt. Airy
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- Strawberries do not continue to ripen after harvest. Store in the refrigerator, unwashed, with the green caps attached, and loosely covered with plastic wrap. Rinse gently under slightly warm water just before using.
- Use within 3 to 4 days because they spoil quickly. Once they are cut and in syrup, they should be used within 1 day or frozen.
- Select fully ripe, firm berries with a deep red color.
- Do not use strawberries that are soft, bruised, shriveled, mushy or moldy.
- Wash gently and remove caps.
- Adding sugar to fresh strawberries before freezing helps them to retain their texture and flavor.
- Use the Pectin Syrup Pack (see below) to help retain texture without using sugar.
- Add ¾ cup sugar to 4 cups (1⅓ pounds) whole, sliced or crushed strawberries and mix thoroughly.
- Stir until most of the sugar is dissolved or let stand for 15 minutes.
- Place in containers leaving ½-inch headspace for pints and 1-inch headspace for quarts.
- To prepare syrup, dissolve 4 cups sugar in 4 cups water. Less sugar may be used, but the strawberries may not retain their texture as well.
- Put berries in freezer containers and cover with cold syrup. Leave ½-inch headspace for pint containers and 1-inch headspace for quarts.
- Put a small piece of crumpled, water-resistant wrapping material on top to keep fruit under the syrup.
Pectin Syrup Pack:
- Combine 1 package powdered pectin and 1 cup water in a saucepan.
- Heat to boiling and boil 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and add 1¾ cups water.
- Pack as for Syrup Pack.
- Pack strawberries in freezer containers, seal and freeze. Or, place a layer of strawberries on a shallow tray and freeze.
- When partially frozen, package in freezer containers and promptly return to freezer.