Current strawberry patch conditions: There are plenty of berries in the front patch and the back patch. I just picked 2 baskets of berries - one in the front, and one in the back. I had a better experience when I was picking in the back, because the back patch is cleaner with fewer overripe berries. The front patch has more berries, but has more overripe berries as well, so you have to pay attention more. With last week's heat, the berries are sweeter now than they've been all season. That rain that we got Sunday dried up, so there's no need to worry about mud in the patch.
How long will we be open? Great question. We estimate there's over 1,000 lbs. of ripe berries currently in the patch. In addition, there are at least 5 green berries per plant...and there's over 10,000 plants...so with over 50,000 more berries yet to come, we should have strawberries throughout the latter part of May. That being said, patch conditions can change radically from day to day due to weather/being picked.
U-Pick at 14489 Bethel Church Lane, Smithfield. Open 7 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week, $10/basket on the honor system, we provide the containers for free.