Strawberry choosing begins at Countryside Household Farms in Vero Seashore
The one remaining strawberry retailer on the Treasure Coast will open sooner than common this season.
Countryside Household Farms, north of Vero Seashore, will open at 10 a.m. Nov. 22 for individuals to choose the candy fruit straight from the crops. It is not open each day, so verify their social media pages earlier than going.
The strawberry patch sometimes opens in early December and closes in mid-March, farm supervisor Clint Lee advised TCPalm. He tries to be open for the cats on weekends as a result of it is higher for enterprise, however he additionally tries to be open a day or two in the course of the week.
In between harvests, farm staff should carry out upkeep by weeding, spraying bugs, and fertilizing the crops.
Folks choosing strawberries can decide no matter they need, weigh their buckets and pay $5.50 per pound. It’s best to reach early to keep away from over-picking the crop later within the day. Put on sneakers that may get soiled as among the patch is muddy.
U-pick is a win-win for the farm as a result of individuals deliver their households and pay for the expertise of choosing strawberries — as a substitute of the farm paying staff to choose them.
He advised me that strawberries rely on the climate. A farm can lose half or all of its strawberry crop to rain or frost. Laborious rain turns the berries to mush. Chilly snaps may help, just like the best way citrus fruits assist, however an excessive amount of of them harms berries.
“It is troublesome, altering route within the winter,” he advised me. “It is a dangerous crop, which is why lots of people received out of this enterprise.”
Since rising, harvesting and transport citrus is the principle focus, the countryside will be susceptible to crop injury.
Lee started planting strawberries on two acres in the course of the 2017-18 season as a result of there was vacant land that was not getting used. The patch is lined with 60 rows of purple fruit, however it’s small in comparison with others within the state.
He thought of planting pineapples or tomatoes till he realized there weren’t any strawberry patches on the Treasure Coast.
“It is an ideal funding if you may make it, and it is nice for the group,” Lee stated.
U-pick strawberry choosing
- the place: Countryside Household Farms, 6325 81st St., Vero Seashore
- when: 10 a.m. on Nov. 22, and choose dates after that
- it prices: $5.50 per pound
- Related: Fb, Instagram
Lori Okay. Blandford is an leisure reporter and columnist for TCPalm devoted to discovering the most effective issues to do on the Treasure Coast. Comply with her on Twitter @TCPalmLaurie And Fb @TCPalmLaurie. E mail her at email@example.com. Join the weekly “What to Do” 772 publication at profile.tcpalm.com/newsletters/handle.