April 1 STRAWBERRY UPDATE
April 1 2012 Strawberry Update
The fields should be open Monday through Saturday. Field opens at 8:00am. Please bring a container to put your berries in after you pick.
After three decades of growing strawberries I am still amazed each year to observe the process. I am also humbled as I attempt to affect certain changes. It reminds me of going down a familiar river that can change every trip and surprise you at every turn. What may seem routine as you pick strawberries every year is in reality a complex cooperation of numerous factors. It all begins with the soil and much of it’s unseen activity. Each year’s distinctive character holds it’s own package of reasons to be vigilant. Just like the river you have to be ready to respond to the "whatever" in a timely manner. Thankfully, the season has come through with a good beginning. We have lots of fruit, plants are in good shape, flowers still coming and the flavor is good for early berries. We are still working on the parts of the field condition wise but even that is showing progress.
Now is a good time for Asparagus, greens, spinach, beets, kale, kohlrabi and for organic lettuce, organic cabbage, organic turnips, organic chard, organic strawberries. Garden peas are just a few days away from harvest! They are really good in a salad.
At this point the blueberries, blackberries, plums and peaches look good. The fruit is really growing for this time of year.
We are planting corn. This year we are introducing a new super sweet, Silver Duchess. I like the name because for years people have grown to like and ask for Silver Queen. Silver Queen is a normal sugary type. That is good but it loses it’s sweetness quickly because the sugars turn to starch soon after harvest, especially in heat. The super sweet types retain their sugars much longer. I think you will like Silver Duchess.
Thank you for your interest.