Friday, April 3, 2020

Strawberry Update

We hope this message finds you and your family healthy and in good spirits.
Our strawberries are really growing well, and we anticipate our Sweet Charlies will be ripe within a week or two. We're growing Ruby Junes & Chandlers as well, and they'll be ripe in several more weeks.
Amid this pandemic, we have been diligently following the guidance put out by government officials. Recently, the VA Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released a statement providing guidance for Pick-Your-Own Farms. Because we are providing food to the public, we are allowed to continue operation, just with a few changes that we'll be implementing at our strawberry patch this season.
As always, once we open for the season, we'll be open 7 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week. Strawberries are $10/basket, on the honor system, and we'll provide the new baskets for you to fill and take home with you. Please refrain from bringing your own containers. We'll have hand sanitizer for you to use prior to entering the patch.
We are growing 17,000 strawberry plants on 1.2 acres, the equivalent of 52,272 square feet - PLENTY of room to spread out. We'll have the patch roped off into multiple sections, and each section will be limited to 10 pickers per section. Please don't be discouraged by these limitations. Because we are open 84 hours/week, we rarely have a ton of pickers at any one time.
Once we're open, we hope that you'll come enjoy the experience of fresh air, sunshine, and delicious strawberries.
We'll keep you posted when the patch is open for the season. Have a great day!

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