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Strawberry update May1

Posted 5/1/2011 9:15pm by Sam Bellamy.

Strawberry update, May 2-7

The fields are really productive and now is the time for picking. The fields should be open Monday through Saturday. There are plenty of strawberries to be picked. We are trying hard to keep the fields well watered. The sunshine is a big plus but the high temperatures aren’t. Fortunately, some cooler weather is predicted. I am repeating part of last weeks update to help you understand how we look at the field and the season for May.

 

 

 

 

  Many people look for the peak of strawberry season and we are there. I would encourage you to pick now. We hope the season will continue well into May and possibly into June. But we don’t have control over that. In looking at the plants it is my guess that production will slow down somewhat after this heavy crop of fruit in the next ten days. High temperatures will play into how long the plants stay productive. Strawberry blossoms can not tolerate temperatures in the mid 90s. Temperatures are higher on the plastic than the ambient temperatures 4 to 5 feet above ground. Strawberry plants have a strong propensity to reproduce themselves. They either make fruit or runners( new plants that grow from extended stems produced by the mother plant). So the challenge is to keep the plant juvenile and in a fruit producing mode. There are some things we can do to help but ultimately it is beyond our control.

Bottom Line;

Enjoy this moment in time!

Plan to pick quantities now.

If you pick and freeze them you can enjoy them all year!

Know that strawberries will still be available in May but maybe not as plentiful.

Know that May strawberries will likely be sweeter and perhaps not as large.

Realize that no one really knows for certain how the season will actually be.

Be thankful for strawberries and look forward to blueberries, blackberries, peaches, plums, figs ,etc.

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