Ag Life: Strawberry farms prepare for picking season

Ag Life

As strawberry season approaches, farmers are preparing their fields to open for the season.

Workers are mowing the lawns at Scott’s Strawberry Farm. While some berries are still growing, others are red and ready to be picked.

“They look good,” said Alice Morgan of Scott’s Strawberry Farm.

Morgan said the berries would look even better, but recent rain set farmers back. They have not yet been able to put down straw to keep the berries clean, she said.

The other setback came a few weeks ago when they had to fight off frost. Luckily, Morgan said, it looks like they were able to save all of their crop.

“We had thermometers in the fields, and we got up about 2:00 and checked the thermometers, and they were down to 34 [degrees], so we had to crank the irrigation,” she said. 

Morgan said despite the setbacks, she believes it will be a great season for strawberries. She said she expects the farm to be open for the season in about a week.

Peak usually falls about 10 to 14 days after the farm opens, right around the time of the annual strawberry festival, Morgan said. But berries continue to grow and ripen all season long, she added. 

“As you go through it and pick them, then you go through a few days later, and you’ve got more that’s gotten bigger and ripe and ready to pick, and it’s a continuous process,” Morgan said.

Scott’s Strawberry Farm’s annual festival is set for Mother’s Day weekend, May 12-14, Morgan said. The event will include rides, vendors and – of course – plenty of strawberries.

You can find a list of all the places in the Commonwealth you can pick your own berries by clicking here.

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