It’s Strawberry Pickin’ Time

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One of the rites of spring is picking and eating lush, ripe, deliciousfreshly picked strawberries strawberries!

Strawberries are a perennial, meaning they grow for several years. The strawberry has its seeds on the outside, which is unusual. All other fruits have its seeds on the inside. Think about blueberries and other small fruit. Tree Fruit such as apples and pears also have their seeds on the inside.

When buying, or picking strawberries, look for clean, dry berries that are plump, firm, and fully red. The caps should be green and fresh looking. Avoid bruised or wrinkled berries.

If the farmer allows picking your own, he will send you to a specific location to pick. Remember the farther from the car into the field you go, the bigger and better the berries may be.

Support your local farmer by buying local. Not only are you supporting the farmer, you are supporting the local economy and keeping the tradition of farming alive.

Local growers in Hoke and Scotland County are:

  • Jep’s Farm, 2351 Aberdeen Rd, Raeford, NC 28376 (910) 624-2417
  • Cooley’s Strawberry Patch, Airbase Road Wagram, NC 28396 (910)-369-2630
  • E Morris & Son Plant Farm, 19441 Old Maxton Rd, Maxton, NC (910) 276-0515

These growers do have Facebook pages. Be prepared in some cases to pay by cash or check. Always call before going to ensure berries are available.

If you are interested in growing your own strawberries, read more about their culture and management Strawberries in the Home Garden