Get Berry Excited: Louisiana's Strawberry Season is Almost Here!

Get Berry Excited: Louisiana's Strawberry Season is Almost Here!

Louisiana's spring brings vibrant landscapes, warm breezes, and, of course, one of the sweetest treats around: strawberries! From juicy berries bursting with flavor to delightful festivals and adorable merchandise, the upcoming strawberry season promises a delicious adventure right here in the Baton Rouge area. So, grab your basket and get ready to berry your heart out! 

Festival Fun:

  • The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival (April 12-14, 2024): Just a short drive down I-12, the "Strawberry Capital of the World" throws a free, three-day extravaganza! Carnival rides, live music, food vendors, and all things strawberry await – from a mouthwatering eating contest to decadent desserts. While there, consider a side trip to nearby farms for the ultimate U-Pick strawberry experience.

Berrylicious Boutiques:

  • Triple B Farms (Central): This local farm stand offers fresh-picked strawberries, seasonal vegetables, and homemade jams and jellies, along with unique gifts and locally sourced treats. Don't miss their famous strawberry milkshakes!

  • Abita Strawberry Lager: J uicy, ripe Louisiana strawberries, harvested at the peak of the season, give this crisp lager its strawberry flavor and aroma. Abita Strawberry is made with Pilsner and Wheat malts, Tradition hops, and the finest Louisiana-grown strawberries resulting in a light gold lager with a subtle haze.

Sweet Shopping Sprees:

  • Lots of shops and boutiques around town are going to be stocking all things strawberry for you to show your love for berries! Sweet Baton Rouge is one of the shops with many strawberry-themed items.

  • Red Stick Farmers' Market: Immerse yourself in the buzzing atmosphere of this weekly market to find the freshest strawberries, jams, and other strawberry-infused goodies. Many vendors also offer locally made crafts and artwork, making it a one-stop shop for all your strawberry needs.

Beyond the Basics:

  • Strawberry Picking: Head to farms closer to Baton Rouge like Bourgeois Farms (Prairieville) or Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center (Denham Springs) for a U-Pick adventure. Enjoy wagon rides, educational tours, and recipe inspiration while getting your hands dirty and your basket full.

  • Cooking Up Creativity: Don't just eat strawberries, get creative with them! From sweet and savory jams to refreshing cocktails and delectable pies, Baton Rouge boasts a vibrant culinary scene where you can whip up your own strawberry masterpieces.

So, support your local farmers, ditch the boring, and embrace the berrylicious! With its easy access to festivals, charming local shops, and fresh-from-the-farm produce, Baton Rouge's strawberry season promises a delightful experience. Grab your loved ones, explore the local offerings, and savor the sweetness of spring right here in our own backyard!