It is a time of year that many people look forward to, strawberry season. The juicy berries can be found year-round in supermarkets, but there is just something about getting them fresh from a berry farm or a farmer’s market.
Strawberries in Iowa are now entering their peak season. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig is encouraging Iowans to partake of the locally grown produce.
Naig said, “Locally grown, fresh strawberries are a delicious and versatile treat that can be eaten alone or enjoyed as an addition to many recipes. They’re a great crop to kick-off the growing season of purchasing and consuming fresh, Iowa grown fruits and vegetables.”
Strawberries are not only delicious but are healthy for you. They are low in calories and fat-free. One cup of unsweetened strawberries only has 55 calories. Strawberries are also a good source of vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, and fiber.
You can find strawberry growers by visiting our Fruit and Vegetable Farms Directory at https://www.idalsdata.org/fmnp/index.cfm or on the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association “farm search” page at http://www.ifvga.org/en/about_us/farm_search/.