Baltimore Farmers' Market: Week Six report

May 06, 2012|By Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun

Strawberries and asparagus were once again the big stars of Week Six at the Baltimore Farmers' Market, and the mild, overcast morning brought out big crowds.

"Crops are about two weeks ahead of schedule this year due to the warm winter and early spring" said Maryland's agriculture secretary Buddy Hance. The Maryland Department of Agriculture sent along some useful strawberry tips.

-- Select plump, firm, fully red berries. The small berries are often most flavorful.

-- Strawberries measurements: 1 quart = 2 pints = 4 cups and is about the same as 1 liter and weighs 1.25 lbs to 1.5 lbs (or 600 to 700 g). The weight varies on variety and weather conditions.  One quart is normally enough for 4 servings

-- One cup of strawberries contains around 43 calories.

-- Unripe berries will not ripen once picked.

-- U-pick strawberry farms typically sell berries by the pound. A quart equals 1 and 1/2 pounds of fresh berries.

-- It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to pick a quart if the berries are reasonably plentiful.

--  You can easily freeze berries that you cannot use right away - just wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible. Vacuum food sealers do a good job of this. The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.

Also see:

Fresh vendors for Sunday's Farmers Market in Catonsville

Tuesday Bel Air farmers market moving to Main Street

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