We’ve just left the watchful phase of strawberry production, when we were concerned about late spring frosts killing the blossoms, and thereby the fruit. If frost had threatened, we would have gone out at midnight to start the pumps and irrigate them. The ice that forms on the blossoms actually heats them! Fortunately, we haven’t had to do that this spring.
Last week, we planted new strawberry plants that will be harvested for their first crop in June 2020. This June, we’ll be harvesting berries from a fall planting as well as the plants that went into the ground a year ago. We expect to begin picking between June 8-10.
When the big day comes, some time next weekend, the crop will be small at first—a few pints at a time, selling out quickly. But as the season progresses, this early trickle of berries will become a steady flow.
Our strawberries will be available on a first-come-first-served basis—so as the harvest ramps up, your best chance to find them in stock will be to come by the farmstand in the morning or early afternoon.
Strawberry picking time coincides with the first big push of weeds in the fields, so our big challenge is to keep up with the weeding without falling behind in the picking. As Jim says, the farmer’s saying “pull 10 weeds an hour” should not be taken literally—it should translate into “every time you have an opportunity, grab a weed. Weed while you pick, weed all day long.”
Don’t forget to join us for the Morning Glory Farm Strawberry Festival, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and most activities are free and all ages are welcome, rain or shine.
We hope to see you then!