NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Strawberry season is here, and farmers are gearing up their pick-your-own strawberry patches.
“Consumers can expect a good fruit load on the plant, with flavorful, red berries,” said Dr. Jayesh Samtani, a small fruit specialist with Virginia Cooperative Extension. “We had a warmer November, which advanced plant growth and development. On some varieties, we could see a few ripe berries just before Christmas in coastal Virginia, but the winter season has kept the plants dormant, and this spring we are seeing good blooms and fruits.”
In Nelson County, Anne Seamans Kidd of Seamans’ Orchard Inc. said their strawberries got hit with some cold weather, but they still have plenty available for pickers.
“So far it looks like we’ll have a good crop of strawberries,” she explained. “We did see some loss from the second frost that we had a couple weeks ago. For it to be a good growing season, we need the weather to stay warm and dry—hot and wet weather ruins strawberries quickly.”
Local strawberry patches include:
- Bachelor Hall Farms – 224 Bachelor Hall Farm Rd, Danville, VA 24541
- Motley’s Strawberry Farm – 240 Steele Rd, Gretna, VA 24557
- Yoders’ Farm – 1134 Browns Mill Rd, Rustburg, VA 24588
- Critzer Family Farm – 9388 Critzer Shop Rd, Afton, VA 22920
- Seamans’ Orchard – 415 Dark Hollow Rd, Roseland, VA 22967
Many strawberry patches will remain open through June.