NC strawberry farmers expect healthy crop despite cold winter
Despite record winter freezing temperatures and a spring cold snap, strawberry growers across the state expect a strong growing season.Posted — Updated
Despite record winter freezing temperatures and a spring cold snap, strawberry farmers across the state expect a strong growing season.
The optimism is due to a combination of row covers and irrigation that helped preserve strawberry crops, said Steve Troxler, state agriculture commissioner.
"We are set for an outstanding season," he said in a statement Wednesday.
Growers in southeastern North Carolina started harvesting in mid-April, and strawberries should peak by the second week of May, Troxler said. Western North Carolina should see berries from mid-May through the first half of June.
Here's a list of events for the strawberry season:
- N.C. Strawberry Festival in Chadbourn, April 30 to May 3
- Strawberry Day at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh, May 1
- Strawberry Day at the Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Colfax, May 2
- Strawberry Day at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Charlotte, May 9