Take the kids strawberry picking at a MD farm

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It's the sweet season of the strawberry and there are plenty of places for Maryland families to pick their own.

Strawberries begin to ripen by early May and the season could last through mid June. The harvest has been delayed spring 2018 due to cool weather.

When selecting sweet Maryland strawberries, be sure to look for a full, red color, bright luster and firm, plump flesh, according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Strawberries do not ripen after being picked, so be sure to choose fully ripe berries. The caps should be bright green, fresh looking and fully attached.

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  • Select plump, firm, fully red berries. The small berries are often most flavorful.
  • Strawberries measurements: 1 quart = 2 pints = 4 cups and is about the same as 1 liter and weighs 1.25 to 1.5 pounds (or 600 to 700 grams). The weight varies on variety and weather conditions. One quart is normally enough for four servings
  • One cup of strawberries contains around 43 calories.
  • Unripe berries will not ripen once picked.
  • U-pick strawberry farms typically sell berries by the pound. A quart equals 1-1/2 pounds of fresh berries.
  • It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to pick a quart, if the berries are reasonably plentiful.
  • You can easily freeze berries that you cannot use right away - just wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a Ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible. Vacuum food sealers do a good job of this. The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.

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