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Strawberry harvest in southern New Hampshire and Maine: Pick-your-own farms for 2024

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Strawberries, everyone's favorite summer fruit, are ready to harvest. They're both a healthy snack and an ingredient in many desserts. The only thing better than freshly picked strawberries is home-picked strawberries.

A day of strawberry picking is a great way to spend a summer afternoon (or morning, if you want to escape the heat) and then enjoy the delicious harvest.

To make this summer tradition possible, we've compiled a list of some of the top-rated strawberry picking spots in coastal New Hampshire and southern Maine.

As always, the actual start of the season varies by farm, so please check the website or call ahead to confirm availability and conditions.

New Hampshire

Location: 2 East Rd., East KingstonHours: Open daily from 8am to 5pmContact: 603-642-8186

What you should know: This is a family business that has been in existence for decades and is a classic place for berry picking.

Location: 133 Exeter Rd. (Route 88), Hampton FallsHours: Open daily from 8am to 6pmContact: (603) 926-3721

What you should know: Strawberry season is upon us, followed by blueberries, raspberries, and of course apples in the fall. It's one of the oldest farms in the state and has plenty of charm. There's a farmers market if you'd rather buy something already picked, and the creamery opens June 15, 2024.

Location:195 Meaderboro Rd., FarmingtonHours: Open Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm to 6pmContact: (603) 335-4705

What you should know: This 30-acre family-run farm has something to pick from June through the end of apple season in the fall, with the berry fields expected to open for picking on Father's Day weekend 2024.

Location: 61 Stratham Heights Rd., StrathamHours: Open: Tuesday 3pm to 7pm; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 8am to 12pm, Contact: (987) 801-1870

What you should know: The 2024 strawberry picking season begins June 9th and is grown organically. You can bring your own container or purchase one of the containers they have there. The berry patch is a one mile dirt road from the parking lot.

Location: 71 NE Pond Rd., MiltonHours: Open daily from 9am to 6pmContact: 603-652-9400

What you should know: They recommend calling before visiting to find out if they have been selected for the day or not. The 2024 season is set to begin soon.

Maine

Location: 158 Whichers Mill Rd., SanfordHours: Call for opening hours and availabilityContact: 207-324-5497

What you should know: The berry patch is very popular with locals as they come here to pick their own little blue boxes of berries.

Location: 85 Spiller Farm Lane, WellsHours: Open daily from 7am to 6pmContact: 207-985-3383

What you should know: The first strawberries of the season are already ripe and soon you will be able to pick them yourself. While you are there, be sure to check out the livestock.

Location: Two Lights Road, Bowery Beach Rd., Cape Elizabeth, YorkHours: Open: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Contact: (207) 799-3383

What you should know: At Maxwell's Farm, the strawberry season is expected to begin in the fields for harvest in the third week of June.

Location: Central Elementary School, 197 Main St., South Berwick, MaineHours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What you should know: Can't get enough of strawberries? Or are you just looking for an excuse to get outside and support local artists while enjoying live music and food? The South Berwick Strawberry Festival takes place on June 29th and continues a nearly 50-year tradition of celebrating arts and crafts – and of course, strawberries.

The Strawberry Festival is attended by over 100 traders and attracts over 20,000 visitors each year.

If you have strawberry picking locations or events you would like to add, email news@seacoastonline.com or news@fosters.com.

Anna Harden

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