First strawberries of the season

First strawberries of the season

Woohoo! The first strawberries of the season are now maturing in our yards thanks to the heat of the last few weeks. We can soon expect to see Washington state berries in our local supermarkets and farmer’s markets. The imported California strawberries have suffered long enough on their journey up here and are far from their prime by the time they reach our mouths.  Strawberries lose flavor pretty quickly after picking, so the ones from your garden can’t be beat. Though usually smaller than the monster berries from the supermarket, the flavor of those freshly picked from your garden trump all.

Strawberries are pretty easy to grow from bare root starts available in February and March, and may even show up as volunteers in your yard like the plant these berries were found on. They can be grown in containers too. So put this plant on your list for next year. If you know someone with strawberries in their garden, you can also pick up plants from their runners.