Two strawberry festivals, a week apart from each other, both on Saturdays and both packed with everything there is to love about the beautiful little berry.
This Saturday, May 31st, at the Gandy Farmstead—26 Tyler Road, Greenfield in Upper Township, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., enjoy a farmstead festival full of as-fresh-as-it-comes strawberry shortcake and strawberry ice cream. You'll get to take a tour of the farmstead, and I highly encourage you bring home some of the best damn strawberry jam you'll ever have. There will be a light lunch served (basic stuff: hot dogs, chips, sodas, etc.), music and vendors with homemade crafts for sale. The actual event is free, and all proceeds from any sale go directly to the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township. They're calling it a "delightful respite for a day in May", and I can't imagine it being anything else.
(Rain Date: July 1st)
A week later (June 7th), over in West Cape May, in Wilbraham Park (at the intersections of Broadway, West Perry and Sunset Boulevard), another Strawberry Festival will go down. The West Cape May Strawberry Festival will feature over 90 vendors selling strawberry apparel, strawberry pottery, strawberry stained glass, strawberry jewelry, strawberry vintage items, strawberry smoothies and strawberry crepes. Even better, Cape May Brewing Company will be offering strawberry beer. Campaign to be Strawberry King or Queen, and buy some fresh strawberries, strawberry plants, and like the festival before, strawberry shortcakes. The shortcake booth's proceeds will go towards the March of Dimes foundation.
(Rain Date: July 8th)
Strawberries before the beach, strawberries on the beach, or strawberries after the beach, pick one all or all three, just as long as you make a stop to pay tribute to New Jersey's best berry.