It’s that time of year when fresh locally-grown berries are ready for picking and adding to your salads, cereal, yogurt, desserts, smoothies, and just about anything else. Here in Vancouver, we’re lucky to be in such close proximity to the Fraser Valley region where strawberries are currently at their peak.
For a fun (and delicious) family activity this summer, try heading out to a U-Pick berry patch or local farm. Here are a few locations and if you have any others, or personal favourites, please feel free to suggest them.
In case you’re wondering which use a minimal amount of chemicals or have natural growing practices, I found the Pick Your Own directory to be helpful. The farms might also have this information on their websites.
Be sure to check out prices and special instructions if you plan to do U-Pick and look for posted market or farm hours at these locations. Krause Berry Farms has also posted “U-Pick Etiquette” with tips on what to prices, preparation, and what to pick. If you can’t get out to the farm, you can find the best of the season at your local farmers market (Trout Lake, West End, Kitsilano, Main Street).
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