At some operations, picking already has commenced. At others, Mother’s Day weekend will kick off the strawberry season.
“Ours are not quite ready but definitely will be by next weekend,” said Steve Berryman of College Run Farms in Surry County. He will have 3 ½ acres of fresh strawberries for customers to pick.
This spring has been a good one for berry growers, Berryman said. The plants thrive in cool, dry temperatures, and most strawberries are irrigated, so small amounts of rainfall are just fine.
Most strawberry seasons last four to five weeks, depending on the heat, Berryman said. If the days get too hot, the plants quit producing berries. “Hot weather makes the plant want to shut down, and we don’t want that because we want the season to last as long as possible.”
Berryman expects his strawberries to last through May and into early June.
Strawberries are a good source of vitamins A and C and are packed with other nutrients, including calcium, potassium and folate. At only 50 calories per cup, they’re a good-for-you spring food.
To find a pick-your-own berry farm near you, use the “Fresh Food Locator” feature at Virginia Farm Bureau’s SaveOurFood.org.
via Va Farm Bureau