Botanically speaking strawberries are not berries. The explanation is too complex but the berries themselves aren’t. They’re in their high season this summer brilliantly colored, seductively sweet and for us lucky Californians ready for picking. One U-Pick source is down the coast at the Swanton Berry Farms. Their site in Davenport opens everyday from 8-7. It has its own Farm Stand with fresh berry pies, strawberry shortcakes, strawberry lemonade, etc. The one in Pescadero is weekends only. Both are organic. Picking prices are $4.50 a pound up to 10 pounds. And $3.50 a pound for over 10 pounds. Picking can be muddy. Bring rain boots. Why strawberries? Some people believe the skin looked like it was embedded with bits of straw.


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