Strawberry Time

Kids have a big advantage when it comes to picking strawberries because they grow close to the ground. With just a little know-how, you can be a berry good berry picker.

Tips for picking terrific berries:

  • Break the stem about a half an inch from the top of the berry.
  • Don't pick berries that are mushy-soft, nibbled on by insects or birds, green or pink
  • Don't pile your berries in a big bucket. Strawberries are heavy and have delicate skins. They can get bruised if they are piled thick, one on top of another.
  • Keep your berries cool, either in the shade or the refrigerator.
  • Don't wash them until you are ready to use them.
  • If you are going to eat your strawberries right away, you can go picking any time.
  • If you need your berries to last for longer, try to pick in the morning or in the early evening when it's cooler.
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen so you don't become red as a berry yourself.

Strawberries taste wonderfully good and are high in vitamin C, which helps your body heal, resist infections, and keeps your bones, gums, and teeth healthy. There are lots of ways to enjoy strawberries: in muffins, jam, salad, salsa, and simply by themselves.

An Easy and Good-for-you Strawberry Parfait

You will need:

A half cup of ripe strawberries
A half cup of vanilla yogurt
A quarter cup of granola, store-bought or homemade

First, wash your hands well with soap and water. Now, you are ready to get to work.

  • Wash your ripe strawberries, and drain them in a colander. Let them rest for a minute on a paper towel.
  • Remove the green caps, and slice the berries. You may need to ask for a grown-up's help with this.
  • Starting with the berries, layer half of them into the bottom of a see-through cup or bowl.
  • Add half of the yogurt.
  • Add the rest of the berries, except for 1 slice.
  • Add the other half of the yogurt, but hold out a teaspoon's worth.
  • Sprinkle the granola on top.
  • Put the extra teaspoon of yogurt in the middle.
  • Put the last slice of strawberry on top.

This recipe makes one serving. To make four servings, start with 2 cups of strawberries, 2 cups of yogurt, and one cup of granola.

We've gathered together some fun and interesting books that are perfect for reading on the way to the strawberry patch. Check out our Strawberry Time booklist.

Fun Online:

The Kids' Strawberry Page
http://www.belvedereplantation.com/coloringBook.php
You can print out the pages of this coloring book to learn lots about how strawberries are grown. Includes two recipes.

Strawberry Festivals in Virginia
http://www.delaplanestrawberryfestival.com/ 
http://www.pungostrawberryfestival.info/
Virginians celebrate their strawberries both in the mountains and at the beach. Why not take a trip for a day of strawberry celebration? The Delaplane Strawberry Festival is held late in May, at Sky Meadows State Park. The Pungo Strawberry Festival is held at about the same time in Virginia Beach.

Welcome to California Strawberryville
http://www.strawberryville.com/
Berry fun facts and activities for ages 5 and up.