Strawberries David MacTavish, Hutchinson
Farm, Burlington, ON, June 22, 2013
|Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
1942. Available mid June - early July 2016 (with
summer berries in August and September).
Fragaria × ananassa
In 1942, at the tender age of 14, John
Hutchinson planted his first strawberry patch on his
family farm near Maple Grove and Lakeshore in Oakville.
A lot has changed since then, those strawberry fields
are houses. Our farm is now in north Burlington, and we
continue to strive to bring you the freshest, tastiest
berries possible. Every June we have lots of fresh
picked berries for sale at our farm store (sorry no
pick-your-own, but we do have pyo raspberries in July).
- In season
Main season: Early-mid June - early
Summer berries: Late July, late
- Purchasing tips
Look for that fresh picked shine, size
doesn't matter, avoid white tips, avoid dark
purple (note, Cavendish is a dark berry).
Berries picked in the hot afternoon will be soft.
Consumer Alert: the green plastic
berry boxes are small. The old paper boxes (which
we still use, hey, we're traditionalists) hold
close to 20% more berries! Also flats have been
downsized (6 boxes from 8) by many growers (not
us) to make them sound cheaper.
- Storing at
Keep refrigerated, unwashed.
Berries from early in the season keep very well
for a few days; berries at the end of the season
should be used the day they are picked.
Main season: Annapolis, Cavendish, Cabot
Summer berries: Seascape, Albion
Wash, hull, and enjoy!
Strawberry Short Cake!