Farmers Prepare for Strawberry Season

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

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GROTTOES, Va. (WHSV) -- It's almost strawberry harvest season here in the Valley, but because of a cooler winter and spring, the strawberries are a little bit behind schedule.

At a local farm, the strawberries are still green, but the warm weather that's expected over the next few days is expected to help them turn red.

The delay though could lead to bigger strawberries that are sweeter, according to agriculture leaders in the state.

At Middle River Farms in Grottoes, they allow people to go through and pick strawberries. They hope to be ready by the end of next week. Michelle Martin, who owns Middle River Farms, said the delay won't impact prices.

She said they are coming in a little bit after Mother's Day and that things are looking good now.

"This year I'm really tickled with the way the plants look, the way the field looks, the way the weather has been. Last year was not a good year. The weather wasn't the best, and the plants came with a virus in them, and they just didn't produce last year, so the weather over the last couple of years has been challenging, but this year, I'm pretty tickled," said Martin.

She said the picking season lasts for about four weeks on her farm. This year, they grew on about four acres.

More than 250 acres are harvested each year for strawberries across the state, according to federal figures.


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