Strawberry fields forever.......
It's that time of year when the Northwest strawberries are available, and we have them at Beaverton Farmers Market!
Unger Farms sells a variety of berries including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Currently, they are in the last week of Hood strawberries but will have Mary's Peak strawberries before Spartan blueberries are ready.
"We hand pick all of our berries (no machine picking,) and get them to the final consumer within 24-48 hours. We are Fresh Market only and pick just at the peak of ripeness so there is never produce still ripening while it is off the plant. Our berries go through three different quality inspections before selling, and there are plenty of times where we would rather take a loss on product than sell a low-quality to our customers. This is why we have limited supply," said Owner/CFO Kara Unger.
Chris Winters from Winters Farms is harvesting crops from two acres of strawberries, including Shuksan strawberries, a sweet, flavorful strawberry that makes a great jam. Currently, Winters is bringing about 70 flats of strawberries each week to Beaverton Farmers Market and admits it could be more if his workforce increases. Winters' father bought the Tax Lot in 1938 and 72-year-old Chris Winters has been working on Winters Farms since he can remember. There are 130 plowable acres and 100 more acres of forested land.
Did you know Indigenous Peoples ate strawberries long before settlers arrived? It just goes to show that these little red berries are absolutely delicious. Come to Beaverton Farmers Market where you can support local farmers AND pick up a flat of sweet, locally grown strawberries.
Beaverton Farmers Market
Southwest Hall Boulevard, between Third and Fifth Streets, Beaverton