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State’s strawberry growers geared up for great season

State’s strawberry growers geared up for great season

Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 9:06 pm

NASHVILLE — Tennessee strawberry farmers not affected by recent floods are either happily picking or happily anticipating a great crop this year, depending on where they live. Tennessee’s famous strawberry harvest starts in the west, where elevations are lower and warmer, and progresses east across the state to ever higher and cooler climes.
“Additionally, strawberries ripen continually on the plant over several weeks. Varietal differences extend the overall season even more,” says Pamela Bartholomew, agritourism coordinator with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. “If you really wanted to, you could start picking strawberries near Memphis today and pick all the way to Mountain City until the middle of June.” 
The West Tennessee strawberry crop is already in full swing, according to Bartholomew.
Find directories for local strawberries, farms and farmers markets at www.PickTnProducts.org.
Published in The Messenger 5.18.10

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