This week marked the beginning of strawberry season, the earliest harvest date ever for our berry crop! We’re still in early season picking conditions, but there are lots of juicy red berries among the green fruit still waiting to ripen. The main varieties we grow are All Star, Cavendish, Dasrselect, Early Glow, Eros and Kent.
The Jones farmers are constantly testing new varieties for growth habits, taste, and disease resistance to produce the best tasting crop throughout an extended picking season. After planting a small amount of a new variety last year called Rubycon, we are harvesting this special strawberry for the first time. Rubycon was developed by Dr. Richard Cowles at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, and is one of the varieties ready for harvest early in the season.
The beautiful weather this week is allowing the strawberries to ripen quickly, so we hope to see everyone in the fields over the next couple of weeks! Check out the Harvest Kitchen’s recipe page for delicious ways to use your fresh strawberries!