Article and photo (Jane and Paul's Farm, Norfolk, Mass.) by Eric H.
June is the best time to pick strawberries in New England, so we recommend finding a local farm stand that offers "pick-your-own-strawberries" before its too late for this year.
We picked some strawberries two days ago at Jane and Paul's Farm at Fruit St. in Norfolk, Mass. (Tel. 508-520-0812), where the crop was abundant and with some of the sweetest strawberries we've ever tasted. Jane and Paul's is a great out-of-the-way place that makes for a nice day trip -- nice produce, small animal area, plants and and a relaxed, scenic setting.
Our Twitter list of New England farm stands features updates from local farm stands, some of which "tweet" on strawberry-picking status. For example, Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, Mass. (45 Fern Ave., Tel. 978-388-5525), reported yesterday that its strawberry picking status has been personally downgraded and that there's only about a week left to pick.
The wonderful Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, N.H., (130 Broad St., Tel. 603-465-2240) still offers strawberry picking (along with cherry and raspberry picking), according to its Web Site. Bishop's Orchard's at 1355 Boston Post Road in Guilford, Conn. (Tel. 203 453-2338), reported on June 21 that they "are still open for PYO Strawberries, but not sure how much..."
If you known of a New England farm stand that still has a good crop of strawberries, please feel free to leave a comment here. Thanks!