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October 6, 2016, we laid plastic and planted strawberries. Weather forecast that weekend was Hurricane Matthew would NOT come our way; but if you remember correctly – things changed mid-afternoon and Matthew made landfall with heavy rains and winds.
Sunday morning we found the damage. Some plants washed away with the forceful rain but the heartbreak was the plastic was no longer around the plants. The plastic, that protects the roots for the winter and keeps grass/weeds down for picking, cannot be reapplied once the plants are in the ground.
We feared the worst and hoped for the best. Thankfully, our news is a little better than we hoped – we DO have strawberries! They are just growing on the ground instead of the black plastic. We have been hand weeding the field for the past week and enjoying the berries that randomly appear when a season begins. (Picture attached are what the field looks like).
IF YOU HAVE PICKED WITH US BEFORE…..
1. The quality, flavor and size of berries, is still there this year.
2. Bring your own containers for transporting your pickings home. I have limited amount of buskets.
3. No porta potties or credit card transactions this year.
IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST YEAR PICKING WITH US….
1. Field conditions are not as we have had for the past 10 years, but there is always next year!
2. Please bring your own container for transporting pickings home. I have limited amount of buskets. Containers from other farms are welcome.
3. No porta potties transactions at the field.
We hope the field will be more consistent to allow us to open for YOU PICK soon.Pre-picked is going to be limited, if we even do it this year.
We are anticipating the season going longer this year. Once we open, I post our hours daily, so PLEASE ALWAYS CALL 757-255-4563 or check Facebook – Oliver Farms Produce – Smithfield, VA – before coming; especially if you are more than 3o minute drive away. I update field conditions and hours daily.
Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated as we navigate the season!