Fraser Valley Strawberry Season 2012

Comments 167 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Fresh, ripe, and locally-grown strawberries are ready for devouring around Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. With a healthy dose of rain and now a helping of sunshine, the sweet, plump berries are ready to be picked.

There are 13 farms that belong to the Fraser Valley Strawberry Growers Association so you’re bound to find a great selection from Richmond to Chilliwack.

Krause Berry Farm

There are pre-picked and U-Pick options along with a variety of products like pies and jams available at Bisset Farms, Driediger Farms, Ellis Farms, Emma Lea Farms, KBF Nursery and Farm, Krause Berry Farms, Maan Farms, Surrey Farms, W and A Farms, Birak Berry Farm, Abby Produce, Shoker Farms, and Neufeld Farms.

If you would like to enjoy the bounty of the strawberry harvest, I have a gift certificate available for a 10 pound box of strawberries. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Post a comment naming your favourite way to eat strawberries (pie, jam, whole, etc.) (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win 10lbs of sweet local @BCStrawberries from @Miss604

Follow the Fraser Valley Strawberry Growers Association on Facebook and Twitter for more information about the crop this year. I will draw one winner at random from all entries Friday, July 6, 2012 at 12:00pm.

The gift certificate will have names of farms on it, listing where it can be redeemed. This is a quick turnaround as this first crop of strawberries is going fast. Be sure to get out to the farms this weekend if you can otherwise there will be another crop from the ever-bearing berries later in July.

Update The winner is Shauna!

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167 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Meagan BraunWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:33pm PST

    Strawberry smoothies for sure!!

  2. Leanne mWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:33pm PST

    Strawberry jam and smoothies!

  3. RubyWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:33pm PST

    With Oatmeal

  4. Leanne mWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:34pm PST

  5. Lizzie AshfordWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:34pm PST

    I love my fresh local strawberries mixed in some vanilla yogurt and sprinkled with Chia seeds.. so good for you, and fresh tasting!

  6. TaigiWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:34pm PST

    Pie (with Rubarb)
    with Ice Cream
    in Ice Cream
    All of the above

  7. Pamela McWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:34pm PST

    I love strawberries cut up into medium size pieces, over ice cream, with whip cream on top. Yummmm

  8. JadeWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:34pm PST

    Oooh! Yes, please!

  9. NicoleWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:34pm PST

    fresh and with a bit of nutella on them!

  10. JadeWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:35pm PST

    Just plain strawberries, eaten outdoors on a sunny day with friends!

  11. JeremyWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:36pm PST

    I love to eat them fresh.

  12. RobWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:36pm PST

    Just in there own is the best!!!!!

  13. KellyWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:36pm PST

    I like to eat them whole, but in pie comes very close 2nd;)

  14. zaeliaWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:37pm PST

    Fresh off the bush! In a salad. Smoothies. Pie. Gotto go make something to eat now. I’m hungry.

  15. KellyWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:37pm PST

    Retweeted @raincityparent

  16. ShaunaWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:39pm PST

    Mmmmmmm – warmed up on ice cream or waffles is my favorite – or how about on waffles WITH ice cream on top!

  17. BevWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:39pm PST

    Strawberry parfaits!

  18. Winnie WWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:40pm PST

    Smoothies! Mmmmmmmm.. so delicious πŸ™‚

  19. Steve Zussino – Grocery AlertsWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:40pm PST

    To make ice cream with!

  20. AngieWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:40pm PST

    Strawberries in vanilla Greek yoghurt! Yummmmyyyy!!

  21. Blair HirtleWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:43pm PST

    Fresh local strawberries and organic vanilla yoghurt. Heaven in my mouth and tummy.

  22. ChrisWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:44pm PST

    fresh of course!

  23. richard wWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:45pm PST

    onto top of vanilla ice cream!

  24. AmyWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:47pm PST

    Strawberries and sugar!

  25. BethWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:47pm PST

    Let me count the ways! With yogurt! On pancakes! Dipped in chocolate! Just straight up on their own!

  26. DavidWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:48pm PST

    strawberry cheesecake O__O

  27. KateWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:51pm PST

    Sliced with a little balsamic vinegar! Mmmm!

  28. QueWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:53pm PST

    My fave way to eat strawberries is whole! I love them straight from the vine from local farms in the Summer. Other months buy from grocery store. I love strawberries & am enjoying some right now actually!

  29. ginWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:54pm PST

    In pie, whole or cut up in a bowl with a little bit of cream and sugar πŸ˜€ yum!

  30. au07Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:56pm PST

    add strawberries to all the mixed fruits to make it a healthy, yummy fruit salad!

  31. RitaWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:56pm PST

    I like them whole, warm from the sun and plentiful.

    I also love them in a spinach salad with candied toasted almond slices and feta cheese with a tangy balsamic dressing… so good.

    Oh, and strawberry shortcake. I love that too…

  32. DianeWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:57pm PST

    Strawberry Shortcake

  33. HarjitChWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:58pm PST

    I love to eat strawberries with whipped cream and pancakes!! mmmm

  34. elena weaverWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:59pm PST

    Dipped in a chocolate fountain!

  35. AliciaWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 2:01pm PST

    in a pie of course! – Or chocolate covered strawberries!!

  36. HarjWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 2:04pm PST

    Definitely whole, maybe cut in slices!

  37. RayWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 2:08pm PST

    Fresh is best!Mmmmm!

  38. JasonWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 2:30pm PST

    I love em fresh

  39. BrandonWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 2:51pm PST

    I like them in a pie

  40. ChelleWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 2:53pm PST

    Love strawberries on a spinach salad with feta and pecans!

  41. KarenWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 3:00pm PST

    Strawberry shortcake, of course!

  42. LamWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 3:26pm PST

    strawberry juice

  43. Judy Bishop – The Travelling Eye photographyWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 3:43pm PST

    I love to make French-style strawberry preserves like my Mom used to make for me. Makes me remember her sooooo fondly ..

  44. Ruth HartnupWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 4:08pm PST

    Eton Mess: meringue, whipped cream and strawberries. But I also love them chopped up on top of my morning breakfast cereal.

  45. JTWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 4:23pm PST

    Strawberry cake: angel food cake with whipped cream frosting, and decorated with fresh strawberries.

  46. ShelleyWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 4:34pm PST

    a Strawberry Trifle is the way I enjoy eating strawberries.

  47. KatWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 4:36pm PST

    Strawberry shortcake

  48. EricaWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 4:37pm PST

    Fresh strawberry taste good if they are eaten as they are after washing them in cold running water. Or they can be eaten with freshly whipped cream or milk powder πŸ™‚ yum-o!!!

  49. Angela griffinWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 4:57pm PST

    I love strawberry shortcake!

  50. Mike GismondiWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 4:58pm PST

    Strawberry jam on ice cream!

  51. Michelle W.Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 4:59pm PST

    Just as nature grew them!

  52. JeffWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 5:04pm PST

    I really like making strawberry smoothies though usually I use frozen strawberries for that. For fresh strawberries I like eating them on with yogurt or on top of my morning cereals. If I win this, however, I’m most likely going to be using them in my smoothies. I have two or three of them a day πŸ™‚

  53. RichardWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 5:05pm PST

    With ice cream

  54. JaniceWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 5:05pm PST

    Freeze them for smoothie in the winter

  55. Ginger Leah GervaisWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 5:06pm PST

    My kids fav way to eat strawberries is dipped in sugar… lol
    Mine would be blended up in a smoothie!!

  56. ErinWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 5:12pm PST

    First choice has always been to eat them fresh but a close second would be a no bake strawberry pie (think White Spot style!) Yum!

  57. JackWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 5:27pm PST

    I love strawberries on my icecream!

  58. Eileen OWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 5:40pm PST

    Pie & on ice cream

  59. LindaWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 5:57pm PST

    I love strawberries fresh and whole.

  60. GladysWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 6:01pm PST

    Straight from the strawberry field, still warm from the sun.

  61. AnkiWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 6:03pm PST

    Dipped with black pepper and for drink Asti Spumante.

  62. LeahWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 6:34pm PST

    mashed up with sugar and served over vanilla ice cream

  63. LindaWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 6:36pm PST

    I like to cut them into bite-sized pieces and sprinkle salt over them…this actually makes them taste sweeter! Really πŸ™‚

  64. Sarah JaneWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 6:47pm PST

    strawberries with nutella!!

  65. TimWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 6:59pm PST


  66. TinaWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 7:52pm PST

    I love fresh strawberries by themselves.

  67. Sherry FraserWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 7:59pm PST

    fresh garnishing a pavlova……yum!

  68. DeniseWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 8:37pm PST

    I love strawberries dipped in sugar!!

  69. Peter LawWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 8:39pm PST

    I like them fresh off the vine!!

    Or even better—dipped in hot chocolate!!

  70. JodiWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 8:42pm PST

    With brown sugar, phyllo crisps and mascarpone cheese…just like Karen Barnaby used to make.

  71. Stephanie MairWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 8:44pm PST

    Strawberries 1st dipped in plain yogurt and then brown sugar

  72. ShareenWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 8:49pm PST

    I love strawberries dipped in chocolate or cut in halves with cream cheese chilled inside of them. Yum!

  73. LexieWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 8:52pm PST

    By the fistful!

  74. janice montroyWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 8:56pm PST

    with ice cream

  75. CoralWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 8:56pm PST

    Sliced strawberries and whipped cream:)

  76. AlexWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 8:59pm PST

    Strawberry pie. No contest.

  77. Tasha TWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:00pm PST

    On their own, I freeze a bunch every summer so this would be perfect. Thaw for smoothies, in a bowl of cream, baking etc. slurrrrrp

  78. KatWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:00pm PST

    Fresh and in smoothies~

  79. MarianneWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:14pm PST

    With Greek yogurt, granola, and a drizzle of honey πŸ™‚

  80. StephanieWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:26pm PST

    As nature intended! Or into a sauce to drizzle on cheesecake, or in a smoothie.

  81. JeffWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:28pm PST

    As is!

  82. PhyWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:28pm PST

    Pie!! Or tart

  83. CliffWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:31pm PST

    With vanilla ice cream

  84. BrendaWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:32pm PST

    Deliciously plain

  85. SabinahWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:33pm PST

    Strawberry jam is my fav. I make at least 20 jars every summer and give half to my friends and family!

  86. S.FieldWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:38pm PST

    strawberry rhubarb crumble with a small scoop of vanilla icecream.

  87. LloydWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:46pm PST

    Strawberries shortcake and whipped cream

  88. bjhWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:47pm PST

    Fresh, with yogurt or ice cream

  89. MichWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:47pm PST

    Homemade jam!

  90. NatalieWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:48pm PST

    Au natural!

  91. Darryl FouldsWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:49pm PST


  92. MichaelWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:50pm PST


  93. VipersbloodWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:54pm PST

    Mmmm where do I start?!?!
    Well Strawberry Cheese Cake is one of my favourites but I would have to say I really enjoy a bowl of vanilla icecreme with sliced strawberries with a drizzle of Ameretto! =D

  94. AnelyseWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 9:58pm PST

    Vegan strawberry rhubarb pie. πŸ™‚

  95. RebeccaWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 10:00pm PST

    I’ve been enjoying them off the vine from my hanging strawberry plant. However, they are also great in a mixed greens, goat cheese, and strawberry salad with balsamic dressing.

  96. Heidi CWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 10:09pm PST

    with vanilla ice cream

  97. LeahWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 10:10pm PST

    covered in dark chocolate!!

  98. brandonWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 10:11pm PST

    strawberry jam

  99. DarleneWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 10:18pm PST

    I love strawberries dipped in chocolate or just all by themselves! Delicious!

  100. DarleneWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 10:20pm PST


  101. C.K.Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 10:20pm PST

    Home-made strawberry ice cream πŸ™‚

  102. Fondue VoodooWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 10:33pm PST

    Strawberries and full fat yogurt drizzled with honey – Magic!

  103. DmyketWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 10:33pm PST

    Strawberry rhubarb cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

  104. AndreaWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 10:44pm PST

    Just “as is” or covered in dark chocolate!

  105. @shopaholicinvancouverWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 10:50pm PST

    Sliced over vanilla ice cream!

  106. BrentWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 11:03pm PST

    Fresh, with a side of BC Riesling

  107. KrisWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 11:03pm PST

    I love jam, but am generally too lazy to make it, so I eat them whole!

  108. Elaine DWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 11:04pm PST

    whole strawberries!

  109. DilaraWednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 11:32pm PST

    I love eating them fresh, maybe dipped in some dark chocolate.

  110. KelyThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 12:02am PST

    Strawberry and yogurt blended and froze in to a popsicle!

  111. Lor.Thursday, July 5th, 2012 — 12:06am PST

    Fresh, dipped in sugar, sorbet. Chocolate covered, in pie,…so many great ways to enjoy them in season

  112. KriziaThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 12:44am PST

    Strawberries dipped in melted bittersweet chocolate! Yumm! πŸ˜€

  113. cindy quachThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 12:44am PST

    eaten oven the sink

  114. Nenette SeauxThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 6:50am PST

    I love them in pies or just plain

  115. Emily RodgersThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 6:54am PST

    On ice cream. In a smoothie. Fresh.

  116. Carole MThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 6:56am PST

    Fresh fresh fresh… although this year I have asked my Mom to help me making strawberry jam this year. these berries would be handy for that… πŸ™‚

  117. Emilia TurnerThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 7:45am PST

    I like to eat local strawberries with sugar in a white bowl

  118. GregThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 9:13am PST

    Sliced over ice cream πŸ™‚

  119. DanaThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 9:36am PST

    Strawberries and fresh whipped cream, Wimbledon style!

  120. AmeliaThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 9:48am PST

    I’ve inherited a killer strawberry jam recipe, plus, with the fresh strawberries I love to make angel cake.

  121. KatrinaThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 9:56am PST

    Striaght out of the bucket! Love them fresh.

  122. KristenThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 10:30am PST

    Strawberry milkshakes are tops…I made jam 2 seasons ago, and still have some left over. Clearly in need of a better strawberry jam recipe!

  123. Mike dThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 10:30am PST

    Strawberry sundae

  124. Katie TesThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 10:32am PST

    Freah Strawberries with ice cream!

  125. KateThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 10:34am PST

    Strawberries and cream ice cream, strawberry jam and whipped cream on scones, and strawberry and rhubarb pie. Yum!

  126. JeanThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 10:47am PST

    Au Naturelle!!!

  127. ConradThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 10:51am PST

    Strawberries and cream, the traditional English way.

  128. Larissa RThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 11:08am PST

    Hands down, strawberry freezer jam.

  129. kickpleatThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 11:34am PST

    I love eating strawberries whole and then I freeze the rest I can’t immediately eat. Those go into smoothies and baked goods. Yum!!

  130. Hilary HenegarThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 11:47am PST

    SMoothies SmOOthies SmooTHiezzzz!

  131. DarcyThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 11:48am PST

    Fresh…plain and delicious

  132. Vancouver AirbnbThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 11:49am PST

    With oatmeal or yogurt

  133. NickThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 12:07pm PST

    Sliced on top of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with 15-year-old balsamic vinegar.

  134. ShannonThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 12:36pm PST

    I core them (using the cores for a strawberry balsamic salad vinaigrette)and stuff the cores with dark chocolate chips. They are a perfect summer sweet snack when I want to “cheat” on my diet!

  135. Ruth MThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 12:47pm PST

    I love strawberry freezer jam

  136. RoThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 12:51pm PST


  137. lizThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 1:20pm PST

    Fresh strawberries on top of vanilla ice cream are a wonderfully refreshing healthy treat.

  138. Melissa EvansThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 1:25pm PST

    …strawberry jam. Hands down the BEST way to eat strawberries!

  139. Melissa EvansThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 1:25pm PST

    I posted this contest on Twitter πŸ™‚

  140. MeaghanThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 1:29pm PST

    Strawberry Rhubarb pie is the best. πŸ˜€

  141. HeatherThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 2:19pm PST

    strawberries on my cereal first thing in the morning!

  142. SamThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 5:41pm PST

    Strawberry pie!!!!

  143. CGThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 6:53pm PST

    On top of my waffles!!

  144. MayThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 7:29pm PST

    Fresh strawberries with whipped cream. YUM!

  145. taniaThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 8:06pm PST

    Freah Strawberries with ice cream!

  146. MarianneThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 10:20pm PST

    Fresh strawberry spread on a warm, heated crepe.

  147. albert cThursday, July 5th, 2012 — 10:36pm PST

    Strawberries and creme

  148. debbie fFriday, July 6th, 2012 — 8:30am PST

    Fresh strawberries but I also like to make freezer jam.

  149. AliFriday, July 6th, 2012 — 10:03am PST

    Dipped in chocolate! Or fondue

  150. AdamFriday, July 6th, 2012 — 10:05am PST

    Fresh ! Sliced up

  151. tracyFriday, July 6th, 2012 — 10:12am PST

    strawberries with my ice cream!

  152. JeanFriday, July 6th, 2012 — 10:19am PST

    i love strawberries fresh off the plant! Also seasoned with flaky sea salt, fresh ground pepper, fresh herbs (tarragon, rosemary, sage, mint), ginger or balsamic vinegar and served with ice cream or cheese. Yum!

  153. tanya ciFriday, July 6th, 2012 — 10:22am PST

    I love eating them freshly washed and whole. They are nature’s candy!

  154. ZoeFriday, July 6th, 2012 — 10:23am PST

    Plain strawberries! Or homemade jam, yum!

  155. KirstenFriday, July 6th, 2012 — 11:00am PST

    Fresh strawberries dipped in homemade lemon curd. Nothing better.

  156. Donna TFriday, July 6th, 2012 — 11:31am PST

    Fresh local strawberries on vanilla ice cream is my fav!!!

  157. SarahFriday, July 6th, 2012 — 11:57am PST

    Blended with vanilla ice cream and milk in a milkshake – but still chunky enough that you can actually see the REAL strawberry bits! Krause Berry Farms makes an insanely good milkshake.

  158. lorFriday, July 6th, 2012 — 1:46pm PST

    warm from the sun!

  159. TYFriday, July 6th, 2012 — 2:10pm PST

    berries for my pancakes!

  160. maryFriday, July 6th, 2012 — 4:20pm PST

    with whipped cream

  161. Kim M.Saturday, July 7th, 2012 — 7:23pm PST

    I love fresh strawberries with alittle bit of sugar on them, and smoothies of course!!

  162. GordonSunday, July 8th, 2012 — 10:07am PST

    Chocolate dipped strawberries πŸ™‚

  163. Leatha LayMonday, July 9th, 2012 — 2:26am PST

    Cheese cakes tastes oh so mouth watering, I can chew them all they long. My mom used to bake lots of cheesecakes when i was a kid and this was favourite since then. “”;’

  164. Stephanie MacDonaldWednesday, July 11th, 2012 — 4:56pm PST

    I absolutely love to eat strawberries with vanilla yogurt and my homemade granola! Its the best breakfast or healthy snack!

  165. AbigailWednesday, July 11th, 2012 — 7:15pm PST

    Fresh, cold. πŸ™‚

  166. Siobhan S.Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 — 7:43pm PST

    Strawberry Jam is my favourite!

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