Last year, we planted our single biggest expansion yet: a 1 acre berry patch. It is filled with over 5 strawberry varieties, 3 different raspberries, and of course, the Kentucky favorite, blackberries. While we did harvest a few strawberries last year, the first harvest season will begin this spring, and we couldn't be more excited. In order to provide strawberries to our members over the longest possible season, we were very judicious in our variety selections.
It may come as a surprise to learn that there are currently 103 registered strawberry varieties in the United States. Each of them have been bred for specific traits, such as berry size, flavor, shelf life, ripening time, and disease resistance. By selecting several varieties that ripen at different times throughout the year, we have been able to control the harvest period so that it lasts much longer than usual.
The true workhorse, this variety is an Everbearing, which is different from all of the previous types you've just read about. Everbearing types produce an extra early crop, and then a long harvest of late season berries, usually throughout most of October. After having a long gap of fresh strawberries, these are a welcome sight come autumn. As the weather starts to cool, it is also your final chance to freeze some for all of those winter desserts!
I hope you've enjoyed reading about the strawberries that will provide for our csa program over the next 3 years. We've put a lot of research into strawberry production to ensure that our members will have one of the best (and longest) strawberry seasons in Kentucky, and we are certain that you all will be quite pleased with our efforts. Up next on our list of expansions: an orchard...more info on that soon!
See you next week!
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