Our 2014 strawberry season has come to an end! Thank for coming out and supporting local agriculture. It was great to see so many regulars and to welcome lots of newcomers.
Our u-pick Raspberry season is now upon us. Our summer raspberries typically last well into August, then our fall bearing raspberries take us into the end of September.
High bush blueberries should be ready to pick by July 25th.
Come pick raspberries and blueberries from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. everyday, and Thursdays until 7 p.m.
Pick Your Own Strawberries
2014 U-PICK Season
Open everyday. 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
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Why pick strawberries at Roaring Brook?
- The berries are juicy, sweet, and certainly fresh!
- The location is great! Rt. 126 in Wales is a nice scenic countryside drive between Lewiston & Augusta
- Ample parking and restrooms are available. (Handicap accessible.)
- It’s a great family outing. Children of all ages are welcome!
- Picnic tables nestled under birch trees for adequate shade. (Picnic lunches are welcomed!)
- The baby bunnies and kids play area is a big hit!
- Catch a ride on the STRAWBERRY GOLF CART TAXI
- Workers are very friendly and helpful.
Be sure to call the Berry Hotline (starting June 10th) 207-375-8682 just before coming. Once in awhile we need to close for a day to let the berries ripen.
We kindly asked that you leave your beloved four -legged friends at home. However, if you are traveling through with your pets please keep them safe in your vehicle. We would be glad to accommodate your pets with fresh water, and a shady spot in hot weather.
Price for 2014: $1.95 / pound
You may bring any of your own containers. We also sell 6 quart flats for $1.25, or 1 quart containers for $.25. Recycling of containers is encouraged.
We also offer daily pre-picked fresh strawberries at our Farm & Garden Market Store @ $6.00 quart.
Having a family reunion or cook out? Call ahead for larger pre-picked orders.
We accept cash and checks.
Monday through Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (subject to change with weather and picking conditions)
Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (subject to change)
Dates: The strawberry season lasts about 4 weeks, generally from Mid June to Mid July.
Location: We are located right on Rt. 126 & 9, 639 Gardiner Road, Wales.
From Lewiston: take Rt. 126 east, go 3.5 miles past Waterman Tractor Dealership, we are located on the right. (look for our strawberry signs)
From Augusta/Gardiner: take Rt. 126 west, go 2 miles past South Monmouth Market Store, we are located on the left.
Pick Your Own Raspberries
The picking season starting on July 17th and is expected to continue into August with our new fall bearing raspberries, including our delicious Golden Raspberries.
Call our Berry Hotline (starting June 10th) for daily picking conditions 207-375-8682.
Price for 2014:
$3.00 pint u-pick
* We provide the raspberry containers.
Pick Your Own Highbush Blueberries
Price for 2014:
$3.00 pint u-pick
$5.00 quart u-pick
Strawberry Nutrition Facts
Berries Are the New Power Food!
When looking for strawberry nutrition facts, you’ll find that nothing packs a bigger nutritional punch than this little berry.
Prized in ancient Rome for their medicinal uses, strawberries are recognized as having more vitamin C than some citrus fruits. They are also high in fiber, folate, potassium and antioxidants, making them a natural means of reducing the chances of heart disease, high blood pressure and certain cancers.
Serving size: 1 cup fresh strawberries (166 grams)
Protein 1 gram
Carbohydrates 11.65 grams
Dietary Fiber 3.81 grams
Calcium 23.24 mg
Iron 0.63 mg
Magnesium 16.60 mg
Phosporus 31.54 mg
Potassium 44.82 mg
Selenium 1.16 mg
Vitamin C 94.12 mg
Folate 29.38 mcg
Vitamin A 44.82 IU
Storing and Preparing Strawberries:
Before using or storing, sort through the strawberries and separate the soft ones from the firm, fully ripe berries. Discard any mushy or spoiled berries.
Store them in a colander in the refrigerator. This allows the cold air to circulate around them. Do not cover them.
Remove caps from strawberries only after washing. Prepare strawberries for serving by rinsing with caps still attached under a gentle spray of cool water; pat dry with a paper towel. (Don’t remove the caps before washing; the caps keep the water from breaking down the texture and flavor inside the berries.). Wash the berries just before you plan to use them. Use as soon as possible; strawberries ripen no further once picked.
To keep strawberries from absorbing large quantities of water when washing them, place in a salad spinner to remove excess water.
Cooperative Extension Service, College of Agriculture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
When you have more strawberries than you can eat or when strawberries can be obtained at a reasonable cost, freeze them to eat later. For freshly made strawberry jam at any time of the year, freeze berries and then make the jam at your convenience.
Strawberries are easy to freeze. You can use a dry-sugar or a syrup pack.
For more information, please visit www.whatscookingamerica.net