As the first fruit of the spring, our strawberries are one of the biggest draws for the Westmoreland Berry Farm, impressing more and more visitors each year with their ripe, juicy texture and sweetness. Strawberries are the only fruit with the seeds on the outside, numbering as many as 200 seeds per berry! When Picking Your Own, it’s important to select strawberries that are entirely red, as these will be the most ripe (and most tasty!). The type of strawberry will also impact its taste, as will the weather during their cultivation. Want to see how this season’s crop of strawberries is turning out? Contact Us today!
How We Grow Strawberries
Around the third week of every September, the Westmoreland Berry Farm switches into full-Strawberry mode. To provide a strawberry crop for a staggered season, we grow four or five (depending on the year) varieties of strawberries. Below-freezing temperatures can kill the blossom, or the beginnings of the actual berry. Therefore, strawberries require constant love and care all winter long, including covering (and uncovering) the entire field to keep them at just the right temperature. This process can take up to five hours, and can occur as many as four times per week. Needless to say, we take pride in our strawberry crop and hope you enjoy each and every season!
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Strawberries must avoid below-freezing temperatures all winter.
Strawberries are grown in approximately one inch of water.
Strawberries take approximately six months to fully cultivate.
Strawberries require meticulous weeding to ensure proper growth.