These strawberries are not your normal strawberries. They were grown, outdoors, hydroponically, on a U Pick farm near Skaneateles, New York called Strawberry Fields.
The berries are not officially organic, but are grown as naturally as possible.
Each tower has a number of pockets, each of which contains a strawberry plant planted in a non-soil planting medium. The ground around the plants is covered so you are never walking in mud. Even someone with a back problem, such as me, can pick these with no problem.
You pick as many as you want, and pay by the pound.
How you use the berries are up to you. I eat them plain (no sugar, no cream - even before Weight Watchers, I loved my berries in the natural way) but you are welcome to use them in recipes.
These berries are grown as annuals, since, basically, they are grown in containers, and probably wouldn't overwinter in our northern climate.
And the best part? The "small world" factor. We visited this farm twice on a recent visit to Skaneateles. The first time, we were helped by a young lady. The second time, we were helped by her mother, and found that the young lady of the day before goes to college where we live, and lives just a couple of miles from us.
That's why I love travel. Even if you don't travel far (and this was less than 100 miles from where we live), you can experience something brand new.
Have you ever eaten hydroponically grown fruit?