MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (May 31, 2016) – As the temperature rises, so does the excitement at Lyman Orchards. In addition to a variety of activities surrounding the Orchards’ 275th anniversary, pick-your-own season is here. Visitors will be able to pluck ripe native strawberries starting on June 1st. Blooming strawberries are the first sign that summer has arrived, and these fresh fruits are available in a full range of delicious varieties from tart to sweet and small to large.
“We are always excited to see our strawberries ripen because it serves as the official beginning for our growing season,” Said John Lyman III, executive vice president, Lyman Orchards. “We look forward to seeing you and your family this season and are elated that you will have the opportunity to create lasting memories as you enjoy fresh-picked berries and join us during our 275th anniversary.”
Those interested in picking strawberries, or any of the variety of fruits Lyman Orchards has to offer, are encouraged to visit the pick-your-own section of lymanorchards.com. Before beginning your adventure at The Orchard, pickers are advised to call the pick-your-own hotline at 860-349-6015 for the latest information on conditions and picking times. The strawberry season typically lasts until early July.
To celebrate the start of strawberry season, here are some tips on choosing the perfect strawberry.
Selecting a Strawberry:
Look for strawberries featuring a vibrant red color and minimal green or white spots. The berries should be plump and have a fresh and clean appearance. The size of the berry is simply a matter of preference and is not an indication of flavor or quality. Following this process is important as strawberries do not continue to ripen after they have been plucked.
Strawberries are delicate and perishable items that require gentle handling to maintain peak quality. Ensure that your berries do not remain in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Store your berries in a cool place and only give them a rinse once you are prepared to eat them. After they have been cleaned, remove the stem and enjoy!
Wash the berries and let them fully drain on a paper towel. Once dry, lay them onto a cookie sheet and place in the freezer. After they have been frozen, pack the berries into containers and store them away for future use.
Those interested in learning more are encouraged to visit www.lymanorchards.com and should register for the Lyman Orchard’s Newsletter for pick-your-own alerts and important information about all of the exciting 275th anniversary events set to take place this year.
About Lyman Orchards:
Set on 1,100 acres in the heart of the state, Lyman Orchards (est. 1741) is a popular destination for the whole family in Middlefield, Connecticut. Shop at the Apple Barrel market, filled with fresh farm produce and Lyman Orchard’s award-winning "Hi Top" Apple Pie; celebrate special events and weddings at the Lyman Homestead; enjoy seasonal Pick Your Own fruits and tours of the orchard; golf on two world-class public 18-hole courses designed by Gary Player and Robert Trent Jones, and improve your skills at the Lyman Orchard’s Golf Center and Apple Nine Course. For more information, call Lyman Orchards at 860-349-1793, or visit online at www.lymanorchards.com.
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