Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”
A late cold snap may have delayed the start of strawberry season in North Carolina, but growers are expecting a good one that could last into early June.
Commissioner Troxler says N.C. farmers handled a challenging winter by using a combination of row covers and irrigation to preserve the crop with minimal loss.
Growers in the southeastern part of the state have already started picking strawberries. Farms in the Piedmont will have berries by early May. And folks in Western North Carolina should see berries from the first of May through the first half of June. Berries should be in good supply across the state by Mother’s Day, which is May 10.
Several special events are planned to celebrate the season, including the N.C. Strawberry Festival in Chadbourn April 29-May 2. Each of the four NCDA&CS-operated farmers markets will hold Strawberry Days this spring. Those dates are:
- May 14 at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh;
- May 15 at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market;
- May 22 at the Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Colfax;
- And May 29 at the Western N.C. Farmers Market in Asheville.
North Carolina is the nation’s fourth-largest producer of strawberries and has the country’s largest fresh market for strawberries.
Consumers can find local strawberries at roadside stands, farmers markets, area grocery stores and pick-your-own farms across the state. There are a couple of websites where you can search for strawberry farms and stands near you. Check out www.ncfarmfresh.com or www.ncstrawberry.com.
Click on the audio player below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss the 2015 strawberry season.
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