Wilder Rye Hausmann of Charlotte savors the season’s first strawberries at Adam’s Berry Farm.

Lynn Monty, Editor in chief

Strawberry season is in full swing and Adam’s Berry Farm is finally buzzing. Its first harvest is underway about two weeks later than usual due to the cool and wet start to the season, Jessica Sanford said. She and Adam Hausmann are partners and manage the farm together.

“The weather has delayed ripening and has made it difficult for many farmers to get into their fields to perform necessary spring tasks such as cultivating, mowing down cover crop and planting,” Sanford said.

New warmth jumpstarted the ripening process as sunshine finally broke through the clouds last week, allowing fruit to emerge in luscious glory. Strawberry season is quick, lasting only about 25 days, but it truly signifies the onset of summer. “We are excited for the start of the season and to again open the farm to the public,” Sanford said. “We love when it is buzzing with kids, families and the sounds of summer.”

All of Adam’s berries are certified organic by Vermont Organic Farmers. Right now the farm does not offer pick-your-own strawberries, but pre-picked strawberries are available for sale at the farm stand, as are popsicles, sorbets, jams, honey and eggs. Adam’s berries are also sold at City Market, Shelburne Market and Healthy Living, as well as at the Burlington Farmers Market every Saturday.

The pick-your-own season will begin with summer raspberries, followed by blueberries and fall raspberries. The owners welcome visitors to picnic on the grounds overlooking the farm. “Bring a date, plan a family excursion, pack a lunch, meet a play-group, or see old friends and meet new ones,” Sanford said.

Adam’s Berry Farm, located on 985 Bingham Brook Road, has partnered with the Charlotte Library to offer story hour for kids of all ages and a summer book group series. They have also partnered with Yoga Roots to offer a yoga class to benefit the Charlotte Land Trust.

What: Reading Fun at the Berry Farm. Meet us at the farm for a summer of berries, great stories, gardening and busy activities.  All ages are welcome.
When: Tuesdays at  9:30 a.m. from  June 20 to Aug. 15.

What: Summer Book Group Series. Adults can celebrate the summer solstice with an al fresco potluck and book group conversations.  This first of three monthly meetings will feature selections from  Changing Season : A Father, a Daughter and a Family Farm,  by David Mas Masumoto and Nikiko Masumoto.
When: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. June 21, July 19 and Aug. 23.

What: Yoga Roots at Adam’s Berry Farm to benefit the Charlotte Land Trust. A well-rounded practice accessible to all levels. Use your Yoga Roots class card or drop in for $16. Registration suggested. Call (802) 985-0090 or visit Yoga Roots or Adams Berry Farm .
When: Mondays 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  from  July 10 to Aug. 2.1