Fraser Valley Strawberry Season 2012


Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 — 1:31pm PST
Comments 167

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 http://ow.ly/c1hhP

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!

Current contests on Miss604.com

167 comments

  1. Meagan Braun says:

    Strawberry smoothies for sure!!

  2. Leanne m says:

    Strawberry jam and smoothies!

  3. Ruby says:

    With Oatmeal

  4. Lizzie Ashford says:

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

  5. Taigi says:

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

  6. Pamela Mc says:

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

  7. Jade says:

    Oooh! Yes, please!

  8. Nicole says:

    fresh and with a bit of nutella on them!

  9. Jade says:

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

  10. Jeremy says:

    I love to eat them fresh.

  11. Rob says:

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

  12. Kelly says:

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

  13. zaelia says:

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

  14. Kelly says:

    Retweeted @raincityparent

  15. Shauna says:

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

  16. Bev says:

    Strawberry parfaits!

  17. Winnie W says:

    Smoothies! Mmmmmmmm.. so delicious πŸ™‚

  18. Angie says:

    Strawberries in vanilla Greek yoghurt! Yummmmyyyy!!

  19. Blair Hirtle says:

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

  20. Chris says:

    fresh of course!

  21. richard w says:

    onto top of vanilla ice cream!

  22. Amy says:

    Strawberries and sugar!

  23. Beth says:

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

  24. David says:

    strawberry cheesecake O__O

  25. Kate says:

    Sliced with a little balsamic vinegar! Mmmm!

  26. Que says:

    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!

  27. gin says:

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

  28. au07 says:

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

  29. Rita says:

    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…

  30. Diane says:

    Strawberry Shortcake

  31. HarjitCh says:

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

  32. elena weaver says:

    Dipped in a chocolate fountain!

  33. Alicia says:

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

  34. Harj says:

    Definitely whole, maybe cut in slices!

  35. Ray says:

    Fresh is best!Mmmmm!

  36. Jason says:

    I love em fresh

  37. Brandon says:

    I like them in a pie

  38. Chelle says:

    Love strawberries on a spinach salad with feta and pecans!

  39. Karen says:

    Strawberry shortcake, of course!

  40. Judy Bishop - The Travelling Eye photography says:

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

  41. Ruth Hartnup says:

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

  42. JT says:

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

  43. Shelley says:

    a Strawberry Trifle is the way I enjoy eating strawberries.

  44. Kat says:

    Strawberry shortcake

  45. Erica says:

    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!!!

  46. Angela griffin says:

    I love strawberry shortcake!

  47. Mike Gismondi says:

    Strawberry jam on ice cream!

  48. Michelle W. says:

    Just as nature grew them!

  49. Jeff says:

    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™‚

  50. Richard says:

    With ice cream

  51. Janice says:

    Freeze them for smoothie in the winter

  52. Ginger Leah Gervais says:

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

  53. Erin says:

    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!

  54. Jack says:

    I love strawberries on my icecream!

  55. Eileen O says:

    Pie & on ice cream

  56. Linda says:

    I love strawberries fresh and whole.

  57. Gladys says:

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

  58. Anki says:

    Dipped with black pepper and for drink Asti Spumante.

  59. Leah says:

    mashed up with sugar and served over vanilla ice cream

  60. Linda says:

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

  61. Sarah Jane says:

    strawberries with nutella!!

  62. Tim says:

    Fresh

  63. Tina says:

    I love fresh strawberries by themselves.

  64. Sherry Fraser says:

    fresh garnishing a pavlova……yum!

  65. Denise says:

    I love strawberries dipped in sugar!!

  66. Peter Law says:

    I like them fresh off the vine!!

    Or even better—dipped in hot chocolate!!

  67. Jodi says:

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

  68. Strawberries 1st dipped in plain yogurt and then brown sugar

  69. Shareen says:

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

  70. Lexie says:

    By the fistful!

  71. janice montroy says:

    with ice cream

  72. Coral says:

    Sliced strawberries and whipped cream:)

  73. Alex says:

    Strawberry pie. No contest.

  74. Tasha T says:

    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

  75. Kat says:

    Fresh and in smoothies~

  76. Marianne says:

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

  77. Stephanie says:

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

  78. Jeff says:

    As is!

  79. Phy says:

    Pie!! Or tart

  80. Cliff says:

    With vanilla ice cream

  81. Brenda says:

    Deliciously plain

  82. Sabinah says:

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

  83. S.Field says:

    strawberry rhubarb crumble with a small scoop of vanilla icecream.

  84. Lloyd says:

    Strawberries shortcake and whipped cream

  85. bjh says:

    Fresh, with yogurt or ice cream

  86. Mich says:

    Homemade jam!

  87. Natalie says:

    Au natural!

  88. Darryl Foulds says:

    Daquiris!!!!

  89. Michael says:

    Jam

  90. Vipersblood says:

    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

  91. Anelyse says:

    Vegan strawberry rhubarb pie. πŸ™‚

  92. Rebecca says:

    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.

  93. Heidi C says:

    with vanilla ice cream

  94. Leah says:

    covered in dark chocolate!!

  95. brandon says:

    strawberry jam

  96. Darlene says:

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

  97. C.K. says:

    Home-made strawberry ice cream πŸ™‚

  98. Strawberries and full fat yogurt drizzled with honey – Magic!

  99. Dmyket says:

    Strawberry rhubarb cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

  100. Andrea says:

    Just “as is” or covered in dark chocolate!

  101. @shopaholicinvancouver says:

    Sliced over vanilla ice cream!

  102. Brent says:

    Fresh, with a side of BC Riesling

  103. Kris says:

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

  104. Elaine D says:

    whole strawberries!

  105. Dilara says:

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

  106. Kely says:

    Strawberry and yogurt blended and froze in to a popsicle!

  107. Lor. says:

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

  108. Krizia says:

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

  109. cindy quach says:

    eaten oven the sink

  110. Nenette Seaux says:

    I love them in pies or just plain

  111. Emily Rodgers says:

    On ice cream. In a smoothie. Fresh.

  112. Carole M says:

    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™‚

  113. Emilia Turner says:

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

  114. Greg says:

    Sliced over ice cream πŸ™‚

  115. Dana says:

    Strawberries and fresh whipped cream, Wimbledon style!

  116. Amelia says:

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

  117. Katrina says:

    Striaght out of the bucket! Love them fresh.

  118. Kristen says:

    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!

  119. Mike d says:

    Strawberry sundae

  120. Katie Tes says:

    Freah Strawberries with ice cream!

  121. Kate says:

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

  122. Jean says:

    Au Naturelle!!!

  123. Conrad says:

    Strawberries and cream, the traditional English way.

  124. Larissa R says:

    Hands down, strawberry freezer jam.

  125. kickpleat says:

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

  126. SMoothies SmOOthies SmooTHiezzzz!

  127. Darcy says:

    Fresh…plain and delicious

  128. With oatmeal or yogurt

  129. Nick says:

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

  130. Shannon says:

    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!

  131. Ruth M says:

    I love strawberry freezer jam

  132. liz says:

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

  133. Melissa Evans says:

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

  134. Melissa Evans says:

    I posted this contest on Twitter πŸ™‚

  135. Meaghan says:

    Strawberry Rhubarb pie is the best. πŸ˜€

  136. Heather says:

    strawberries on my cereal first thing in the morning!

  137. Sam says:

    Strawberry pie!!!!

  138. CG says:

    On top of my waffles!!

  139. May says:

    Fresh strawberries with whipped cream. YUM!

  140. tania says:

    Freah Strawberries with ice cream!

  141. Marianne says:

    Fresh strawberry spread on a warm, heated crepe.

  142. albert c says:

    Strawberries and creme

  143. debbie f says:

    Fresh strawberries but I also like to make freezer jam.

  144. Ali says:

    Dipped in chocolate! Or fondue

  145. Adam says:

    Fresh ! Sliced up

  146. tracy says:

    strawberries with my ice cream!

  147. Jean says:

    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!

  148. tanya ci says:

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

  149. Zoe says:

    Plain strawberries! Or homemade jam, yum!

  150. Kirsten says:

    Fresh strawberries dipped in homemade lemon curd. Nothing better.

  151. Donna T says:

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

  152. Sarah says:

    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.

  153. lor says:

    warm from the sun!

  154. TY says:

    berries for my pancakes!

  155. mary says:

    with whipped cream

  156. Kim M. says:

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

  157. Gordon says:

    Chocolate dipped strawberries πŸ™‚

  158. Leatha Lay says:

    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. “”;’

  159. Stephanie MacDonald says:

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

  160. Abigail says:

    Fresh, cold. πŸ™‚

  161. Siobhan S. says:

    Strawberry Jam is my favourite!

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