Strawberry plants are planted in the spring, however they will not produce a fruit until the following year. The field is tilled prior to planting and then a special planter which you will see on the left, is used. It takes four people to plant a field of strawberries and is very labor intensive. For more information or to watch videos on strawberry planting, visit https://www.noursefarms.com/how-to-grow/strawberries/#summary
Once the strawberry plants are in the ground, it is important they receive enough water, approximately 1-2" per week. That is why we irrigate our fields using water from the Rock River. In the fall, straw is used to cover the plants to keep them protected from the winter elements. Then in the spring, the straw is removed in order for the plants to develop a flower and eventually the fruit you eat!
Strawberries should be kept in the refrigerator and are freshest 2 to 3 days after harvest. Leave the green caps on until and do no wash until you are ready to use. If you wish to freeze your berries, rinse, dry, remove stems, place uncovered with cut side down on a baking sheet lined with wax paper, and freeze, then transfer to an airtight container. To thaw, let them sit at room temperature for an hour or so. If necessary, transfer to a colander to drain. You can capture the juice and use it to flavor drinks or for other recipes. Find more storage tips at www.savethefood.com/food-storage/fruits