Our sweet and juicy strawberries will be ready for you to pick or to buy them freshly picked for you daily beginning in June. Please check back for specific dates as the season draws closer. The start date can change from year to year depending on the weather.
We are proud to supply you with the highest quality and safest strawberries on the market. We farm under the Integrated Pest Management program and are Canada Gap (food safety) Certified.
For up-to-date information on picking or request product be put on hold for you, please call us at 604-946-8216 or check us out on Facebook.
Picking Strawberries at Emma Lea Farms:
- Be prepared for all weather with hats, boots, sunscreen, bottled water, etc.
- Please do not bring personal containers to the farm this season. We will be selling new buckets for you to purchase berries by the volume. This decreases customer and staff interaction by 50%, allows the farm to have a one way flow of traffic and allows all u-pick sales to be handles outdoors. We appreciate your understanding with this. Please note: you can bring back your 2020 and 2021 buckets for a $1 discount off the u-pick price. No plastic bags are allowed in the field. We encourage you to leave all bags at home. If you need to bring a backpack, it will be searched upon exiting the farm.
- We will have limited wagons for u-pick this summer and we encourage you to bring your own!
- Please check in at the white tent just left of the main farm market upon arrival and sanitize your hands before entering the fields.
- Please only pick in the designated fields.
- Pick your fruit ripe, leaving the stems on until ready to eat or process. This keeps them fresh longer. Please do not eat any berries in the fields for health and safety reasons.
- Once you have filled your bucket, please exit through our "Exit Tent" and put your berries in your vehicle. You may then return to the farm to visit the Farm Market, Ice Cream Shoppe and picnic area!
Before eating any fruit, it should be rinsed under cold water and pat dry with a towel.
Strawberries are delicious eaten frozen too. Add them to your favourite smoothie or use them in baking.
To freeze strawberries, rinse them with their stems on to prevent the berries from filling with water. Lay them flat on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and put in the freezer. After a couple hours, shake them into a zip lock bag.
Strawberries are the dessert of choice for our family. We recommend you put some frozen berries in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring so they don't burn on the bottom. To thicken some of the juice, add a little cornstarch mixed with water, and you have a wonderful topping - no sugar needed. In a glass dish, put a scoop of ice cream, then top with the hot strawberry spread. It makes a wonderful and easy dessert!