Are you ready to Pick Your Own?
**NEW FOR 2020**
This year we have built a whole new Spanish Tunnel, tabletop system for you to come along and pick your strawberries as well as our delicious raspberries & gooseberries.
There really is nothing quite like picking a strawberry straight from the plant and the taste is just out of this world!
Obviously with everything that has been going on in the world, we are going to have to introduce physical distancing this year, just to keep you and all of our team safe and with our new tabletop system, this will be easy enough to achieve.
What varieties do we grow at Farmer Copleys?
We’re growing four different types of strawberry at Farmer Copleys in 2020, these have been planted at different stages, so we can extend our PYO season until the end of August.
MALLING CENTENERY were bred to mark the 100th anniversary of the leading East Malling Research Station in Kent, this variety has a superb flavour with uniform and glossy, bright red, conical shaped fruit which is well displayed on the plant, making picking quick and easy.
ELSANTA is a Dutch variety that has become extremely popular over the years due to its reliable yield and disease resistance. It is a preferable plant for food suppliers because of its quality, firmness, and long life. It is grown across the UK, Europe, and America.
SONATA produces beautiful conically shaped strawberries. The fruits are bright red, the internal colour is pink. Sonata tastes a little sweeter and is juicier than Elsanta. The fruit is glossy and has no tendency to darken after picking.
VIBRANT – This variety produces wonderfully sweet, glossy red, conical shaped fruits with an excellent flavour and quality. Vibrant is heavy cropping with yields normally exceeding 1kg (2.2lbs) per plant. It has an upright growing habit, displaying the medium/large fruits well, making them easy to pick.
How do we pick them?
Pick Ripe Berries: Look for firm, plump, bright red berries with healthy green caps. Strawberries don’t ripen after they’re picked, so the whitish unripe ones are going to stay that way.
Be Careful: Strawberries bruise and rot very easily. We suggest you pick by gently pinching the stems (not by pulling on the berry), and lay them carefully in your punnet/container.
Don’t Leave It Too Long : Strawberries only last a few days, so buy or pick them right before you plan to use them.
Storing Strawberries: Any strawberries you don’t manage to eat pop them in a closed container in the fridge, and rinse them gently right before you plan to use them.
Freeze Any Leftovers: Strawberries freeze very well. Just rinse them, cut off the tops, slice them if you wish, and store them in an airtight ziplock bag. Be sure to remove as much air as possible from the bag.
Jams & Other Uses: In addition to freezing, strawberries are quite easy to preserve in jams and pie filling, and they’re a great fruit to learn with.
The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
Strawberries survive in a range of conditions and will grow happily in most places around the world.
Strawberries are eaten in a number of different ways including fresh, dried, in a drink or as jam (we make our own strawberry jam right here in the farm shop!)
Strawberries contain lots of vitamin C.
There are over 600 varieties of strawberries, each with its own shape, colour, and flavor. The most popular varieties produce fruit once per year, but there are also overbearing varieties that continue to produce all summer long.