3 reasons why strawberries make a great snack:
By Danielle Pothier MS, RD, CHWC
- Easy to eat and versatile. Fresh strawberries can simply be eaten whole, packed to go or used in a variety of recipes, such as, salads, sandwiches with cheese or nut butter, salsa, smoothies, fruit kababs or yogurt.
- Naturally sweet and low in calories. One cup of strawberries (about 8 medium strawberries) has only 50 calories and 7 grams of sugar. They make a perfect treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.
- Pack a nutrition punch! Strawberries are rich in vitamin C and fiber. One cup contains 150% of the recommended Daily Value for vitamin C, which is necessary for growth and tissue repair and maintaining a healthy immune system. They are also a good source of fiber providing 10% of the recommended Daily Value. Fiber is best known for helping to keep food moving efficiently through your body and aids in satiety (feeling of fullness).
Where to purchase local strawberries and how to store:
By Johanna Setta, Food Access Coordinator Healthy Roots Collaborative
Where to purchase or pick your own:
● Pomykala Farm. 197 E Shore North, Grand Isle, VT. 8am – 6pm all week
● Nye’s Berryland. 1452 Plains Rd, Georgia Plains, VT. 8am – 8pm all week
● Hudak Farm. 599 St. Albans Rd, Swanton, VT. 8am – 6:30pm all week
● Berry Creek Farm. 1342 VT Route 100, Westfield, VT. 9am – 6pm Monday – Friday
● River Berry Farm, 191 Goose Pond Road • Fairfax, VT 05454
Store berries in the refrigerator (in the crisper drawer if you have one), unwashed with the stems on, until ready to consume. Strawberries are more fragile than blueberries and last about 2-3 days in the fridge after purchasing, a little bit longer if freshly harvested. Make sure to pull out any that get moldy or mushy to protect the rest of the bunch.
To freeze: Keep berries whole. Wash then drain. Lay a single layer of berries on a baking sheet, and freeze overnight. Transfer the berries into labeled freezer bags with the date and product.