Picking Is Now Underway in the Carolinas! (5:30pm, Wed, 4/6/16)
Fig. 1. The Carolinas are the U.S. States of North Carolina and South Carolina, considered collectively, and this week I had the double pleasure of being in both states as the start of this new strawberry season.
Wed. evening (4/6/16) – just got these two photos from Sue Leggett in NASH COUNTY, NC. The variety is Camarosa, of course!
On Monday afternoon, we had an opportunity to stop by and visit with James Cooley and his assistant, Jerry Blackwell. Jerry gave us an amazing tour of the Strawberry Hill USA operation in Chesnee, SC. They have over 100 acres of strawberries! That’s right, I am not making this up!
Fig. 4. Pretty as a picture! This is a very clever container with handle for carrying 2 gallons. The bucket on the left holds Camarosa berries that are headed for the Cooley Farm kitchen and for making ice cream!
Earlier in the morning on Monday (4/4) we had a great visit with Bob Hall in York, SC.
Fig. 8. Jim Bagdasarian, Lassen Canyon Strawberry Breeder, sent this photo to me today of Sweet Ann in Salinas, CA (this is an organic strawberry operation). We’re hoping Sweet Ann looks this good in the Carolinas! There are several test sites across NC-SC for the new Lassen varieties (Ruby June, Sweet Ann, Lucia and Scarlet). Jim and his assistant breeder, Nick Pinketon, will be visiting the Carolinas on April 25-27, to review these test sites. There will be a Twilight Tour at one of the locations (Elm City, NC) on the evening of Tuesday April 26! Be on the lookout for details about this exciting tour!
Let’s hope we all get through this next go round of freezes that Dr. Jay Shlegal mentioned today in his Weather forecast through May 7th!
Have a restful evening!