Strawberries aren't ready to be picked everywhere, but at Keith's Farm and Orchard in Acushnet, they are ripe and ready.

Picking, which officially started June 2, runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. And that should leave enough time to take the kiddos by once school wraps for the year.

The Main Street farm said in a Facebook post that the season usually finishes at the end of June. Keith's offers a few different types of strawberries, organized by row and section.

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The current patch was planted last year.

If you like to cook, then there is plenty you can do with these flavorful, fresh strawberries, which can be gathered in farm-supplied containers. Imagine stopping by Acushnet Creamery on your way home and grabbing some ice cream to make some strawberry shortcakes, or maybe some homemade biscuits with strawberries for breakfast.

If you're not really the picking type, the farm will do the work for you, selling pre-packaged strawberries.

Price varies based on weight at the cash-only farm.

So, what makes the perfect strawberry?

The farm offers tips on its website:

  • Select plump, firm, fully red berries. The small beries are often most flavorful. Unripe berries will not ripen once picked.
  • Part the leaves with your hands to look for hidden berries ready for harvest.
  • Grasp the stem above the berry between the forefinger and thumb and pull with a slight twist.
  • With the stem broken about a half-inch from the berry, allow the fruit to roll into your hand.
  • Carefully place the berries into your containers.
  • Don't wash the berries until you're ready to use them, as washing makes them prone to spoiling.

Happy picking!

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