If you are relocating to Salem Oregon just know that June 1 means one thing…strawberry season. Typically Oregon strawberries start to ripen and are just waiting to be plucked and eaten. Every year we take the kids to a local u-pick and pick strawberries. We eat a lot of them over the winter so we pick a bunch and freeze them. There is nothing like waffles with Oregon strawberries and fresh whipped cream on Christmas morning.
Finding organic strawberries is hard because slugs love them. A local u-pick Fordyce Farms, is not organic but they spray minimally for the crop. If you have never been picking there, they are located off of Sunnyview Road to the east side of Salem. It’s close enough in that it’s easy to head to for a quick trip with the kids.
I suggest bringing some fresh water to clean off the strawberries because they will get eaten in the car on the way home. We’ve learned to bring some bowls and clean some for the kids who can barely wait to eat the fruits of their labor.
If you are relocating to the Salem Oregon area and want something to do with the kids, or you like to cook like me…considering heading over to Fordyce for strawberries. They also have a fruit stand there if you just want to buy them. When you get home consider making some fresh strawberry pie, or homemade jam.