Pre-Picked or Pick-Your-0wn berries
are waiting for you on the farm. We’re easy to find…just 1 ½
miles east of downtown Wartrace, Tennessee.
Our Strawberry Season begins with
Sweet Charlies. More often than not, these early berries are
ready to pick during the fourth week of April; the exact day, of
course, is determined by Mother Nature. The Charlies are so much
in demand as the “first” berries, it is best to call ahead for
The Chandler Berries will ripen about
a week after the Sweet Charlies, and we’ll have fresh berries
for you until early June. Visit as often as you like; we are
open 7 days a week during the spring season. Mon-Sat 7:00 a.m.
to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. PRE-PICKED berries are sold
in gallon baskets and quarts are available by
request. Pick your own berries are sold by the pound and we
provide the containers. The season is short and the berries are too good to
miss. The first two weeks of May are the peak time of the
season. Just remember Mother’s Day weekend is one of the best
times to visit…great berries and a great selection of Mother’s
Day fresh baked gifts.
Our Farm Market offers some great
strawberry treats in season. In addition to our fresh
strawberries, we also offer Fresh Strawberry Cakes, strawberry
bread, vanilla pound cake, jams (including our award-winning
strawberry), jellies, Strawberry Honey Pops and Valley Home ice
cream. Baked goods are made fresh daily. Our cakes and bread are
customer favorites so it is always better to call ahead for
availability. It is recommended that you pre-order cakes and
breads at (931) 389-6470.
Off-site Berry sales: If you just
can’t make it out to the farm, but you would really like to have
some of our fresh strawberries, look for us at KK’s
Website across from Sonic
in Manchester. We also have a booth at the Rutherford County
Farmers Market in Murfreesboro
Website and the Main Street Saturday Market in
Website . There is no set schedule for off-site sales.
Selling off-site is determined daily
based on our daily pre-picked volume and the number of guests
buying directly from the farm. So feel free to give us a call to
check availability at (931) 389-6470.
Here’s some helpful strawberry tips:
Please remember that our berries are
“fresh market” berries. They are picked fully ripe when flavor
is at its best. They have a shorter shelf life than the
“shipping berries” you buy at the grocery store. With that fact
in mind, be prepared to eat or preserve them soon after
purchase. Shipping berries are picked green and are treated to
start the “ripening” process. These berries have a shelf life
that is indeed longer, but the flavor cannot be compared to our
red, ripe, fresh-picked berries.
When picking berries, look for the
ones that are firm, yet fully ripe (all red). These are the best
for all your needs, freezing, preserving, or eating just the way
they are. Be sure the green cap remains on the strawberry by
pinching the stem between the thumb and forefinger. This will
prevent damage to both the fruit and the strawberry plant. We
suggest that all berries (pick your own or pre-picked) be
removed from the basket as soon as possible. Spread them out on
a towel and allow to dry. Moisture from morning dew, fog, rain
or rinsing will speed decay. So wash berries just before serving
When storing berries, in the
refrigerator, do not remove caps or wash the berries until you
are ready to use them. When caps are removed before use, the
berries lose some of their moisture. Washing early tends to
bruise the berries and they lose their freshness. Arrange
berries in a shallow container and keep at 35 degrees for best
results. Berries are the very best when prepared and eaten the
When preparing berries, place in a
strainer and rinse with cool water. To remove the caps, give the
caps a gentle twist or use the point of a sharp knife or your
thumbnail trying not to remove any of the berry.
When freezing berries, wash and cap
berries. The next step should not be skipped. Lay berries on a
kitchen towel in single layer to dry thoroughly. Put dry berries
on a cookie sheet in a single layer and freeze until firm.
Remove from the cookie sheet and package in zip-lock freezer
bags. When frozen using this technique, the berries will not
stick together and will remain loose in the bag. This allows you
to easily pour out the exact amount of berries you wish to use.
For frozen sugar packs, slice capped
berries in halves or thirds. Mix berries with sugar (1 cup
sliced fruit to 1 cup sugar) and allow to stand until sugar
dissolves (about 10-15 minutes). Pack the fruit and juice into
1 pint = 2 ½ cups whole berries
1 pint = 2 ¼ cups sliced berries
1 pint = 1 2/3 cups pureed berries
1 pint = about 12-14 large berries
Nutritional value – strawberries are
high in Vitamin C and Folate and are a good source of Potassium.
One cup of strawberries contains only 50 calories and no fat,
cholesterol and sodium.