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Tis the season for strawberries

July 7, 2011

I finally made it out to WindHarvest Farms for the first time last weekend. I had to put up another strawberry post on the blog to let people know that if you want strawberries, NOW is the time to get them. (U-pick 2 p.m. to dusk Wed thru Sun.) The season is short and sweet, and there is a bumper crop this year.

Diane at the farm said that she doesn’t even like to go out in the rows of strawberries right now because she gets stressed out. So many ripe strawberries sitting out there in the field right now – will enough pickers come to harvest the crop?

If you want to be a picker, here’s how to get there from Scottsbluff and thereabouts:

Take Highway 26 west to Henry. In Henry, when you see this building on the south side of the road, turn north:

Then follow the PAVED road 8.3 miles (it will turn a couple of times – just stay on the blacktop) until you get to the farm, which will be on the east side of the road.

It’s a pretty drive with plenty of wildflowers along the way. There are some wetter, treed areas at the beginning and end of the drive, with drier hills, like this, in between:

When you get to the farm, stop in at the office, get a flat, and get out there and start picking! (If you go closer to dusk, and you are tasty to mosquitoes like I am, I recommend bug spray.)

One of the things I like about the strawberry rows is the neat layer of straw laid down between them. I could kneel if I wanted without getting my knees dirty.

Husband picking strawberries with my shadow to keep him company.

Mmmm . . . strawberries . . .

When you are tired of picking, you can go up by the building and sit on the patio and have a strawberry sundae and enjoy the view. Here is a view of the strawberry field. To the west of the strawberries, nearer the trees, are the rows of raspberries. The raspberries will be available a bit later in the season.

I also appreciated the nice landscaping and flowers:

Parents with energetic children will appreciate the straw bale fort. (Yes, that is my shadow. I was playing.)

Interesting note: WindHarvest sells asparagus in the spring. Here is what asparagus plants look like when they grow up (I had no idea):

Some of these ferny-looking "trees" were over 6 feet tall!

The asparagus trees were flowering.

OK. Enough distraction. Back to the berries. Here is kitty checking out one of our two flats of strawberries. (We picked 23 pounds. Most of them are in the freezer, but a good portion have already been consumed, on breakfast cereal, on yogurt, on homemade pound cake, in daiquiris.)

A note: for health reasons, pets are not allowed on the farm grounds.

Washing half the strawberries in the sink:

Mmmmm . . . strawberries . . . you know you want some!

If you are not inclined to go pick your own, they will be for sale Saturday morning at the downtown Scottsbluff farmers market. That’ll probably be the last time for strawberries at the market. The season is short and sweet.

Copyright 2011 by Katie Bradshaw

3 Comments leave one →
  1. vnewman permalink
    July 7, 2011 7:05 am

    Do I see Christmas jam in my future?

  2. July 7, 2011 9:19 pm


  3. Nick Behrens permalink
    July 10, 2011 8:29 am

    You should have asked for an ISU discount…. That or make Jeff find Jeff and talk Ent…

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