Natalie Jasper, 7; Clara Gay, 9; and Darin Jasper, 9; search for ripe berries in the strawberry patch at Straight River Farms. (Allison Roorda/Daily News)
Pointing out the patch
Bill Hein, owner of Straight River Farm, points out to a visiting customer where to pick the best strawberries. (Allison Roorda/Daily News)
Alex Gay, 11; Justice Call, 4; and Nowel Call, 6; search the strawberry plants for ripe berries to eat and make into jam. (Allison Roorda/Daily News)
Corinna Jasper, 2, learns how to pick strawberries from her mom, Anne Jasper. (Allison Roorda/Daily News)
Shiitake mushrooms grow in prepared oak logs behind Bill Hein's strawberry farm. Hein takes the mushrooms to farmer's markets. (Allison Roorda/Daily News)
- If You Go
When to Pick: Straight River Farm will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 4:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 18-20. Check the farm's website after Wednesday for picking times and information: www.straightriverfarm.com
Posted: Friday, June 15, 2012 12:20 pm
Updated: 2:42 pm, Fri Jun 29, 2012.
June is the month for strawberries, but Straight River Farm offers so much more than that.
Along with the strawberries are beds of shiitake mushrooms, and then come the raspberry bushes, then melons, and then apples in the fall. Even on Friday, after Faribault received more than four inches of rain, people came out to the Straight River Farm to snatch up the ripe strawberries.
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Friday, June 15, 2012 12:20 pm.
Updated: 2:42 pm.