Dean Brigante’s Farm Stand: Pick your own strawberries
There is an abundance of strawberries ripe for the picking at Dean Brigante’s Farm Stand located at 971 Malletts Bay Avenue, Colchester, VT. The phone number is (802) 655-0483. To find other berry picking locations in Vermont try: http://www.pickyourown.org/VT.htm. There is also information on this site for the proper method of picking strawberries and helpful hints.
Mrs. Brigante, the grandmother of our host, was very pleasant as she spoke to Craig Abel-Palmer, as well as this examiner when calling about strawberry picking. The phone number had changed for Dean Brigante’s Farm Stand (to the number of above), but the old listing was still on the internet and older phone books. “She must get a lot of phone calls.” “She does,” he agreed.
The staff is helpful and friendly, directing the customers to the rows to pick. The very long row in front of us is overflowing with berries. My family picked two quarts and one flat container in less than a half hour, with the requisite sampling and random banter included. We only used one quarter of the row.
Bright red strawberries are very juicy and tasty. This season the extra sweetness is missing for lack of a string of warm, sunny days. Brigante’s has great prices. The stand also carries bisquits for strawberry shortcake, rhubarb, and other vegetables.
Last week of June into July may be the last week of strawberry picking for 2011. Get out there early.
Here are a couple fun recipe ideas once the berries are brought home:
Orange Blossom Strawberry Pie recipe from CDKitchen.com. Light, delicious and festive.
Wild Berry Mojito recipe from Cookingchanneltv.com. This drink sings summertime. To add strawberries, dice them ahead of time. Use any berry combination desired. Leave out the rum, and it’s a refreshing drink for the whole family.
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