Spend the early morning picking strawberries!
Londonderry is full of fresh, ripe, ready to pick strawberries beginning in June and ending in July. Two local farms have daily hours when the fields are open! The season is short and these farms are close to home too. A short ride from the seacoast, the White Mountains, or even Boston, strawberries are plump, red, and on the vine.
If the idea of bending over or searching through leaves wet from the morning dew is not of interest to you, walk up to the “you-pick” stand; they often have a container already picked and ready to go.
Did you know…
One cup of strawberries contains over 13% of the RDA of dietary fiber, yet only 43 calories. The dietary fiber in strawberries helps to keep digestion regular, as well as lowers blood pressure and curbs overeating. Phenols found in strawberries also fight against many inflammatory disorders, such as osteoarthritis, asthma and atherosclerosis, by inhibiting the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX) in the same way that the drugs aspirin and ibuprofen do. Strawberries, however, do not carry unwanted side effects like stomach and intestinal bleeding. Published recently, a study showed that three or more servings of strawberries (and other fruits) per day can decrease the possibility of contracting age-related macular degeneration by over one-third.
One cup of strawberries contains 21% of manganese, an essential nutrient that acts as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Manganese not only helps to fight the battle against free radicals and oxidative stress, but also lessens cellular inflammation — another cause of numerous cardiovascular diseases. Manganese is also great for the bones, helping in bone building and maintaining proper bone structure. The potassium, vitamin K, and magnesium in strawberries are also important for bone health
Strawberry Picking Facts
- Strawberries are plumpest following rain
- Strawberries are normally not picked in the rain
- Strawberries will grow fast with lots of sun
- Fields are rotated every few years, you may pick someplace new on the farm
Farms that have fresh U-Pick Strawberries in Londonderry:
Sunnycrest Farm, fields open 7 AM to noon
Elwood Orchard, fields open 8 AM to 6 PM
Picking season begins at the start of June through July, depending on the weather.