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What happens to the strawberries?

At the end of the strawberry picking season, a lot of people asked us, “so what happens to the berries after you’re closed for the season?”

Well, if you’ve ever wondered that same thing keep reading this blog post…

First things first, celebrate.

Since our son’s birthday is July 6th and he turned 2, we threw him a party, then we celebrated the 4th of July by entering the Mayberry Express in the Knowles Parade and THEN we celebrated the success of our season by taking a short 2 day family vacation up to Door County. (Goodbye strawberry season, hello cherry season!)

All aboard the Mayberry Express!

When we returned there was a lot of work waiting for us. We removed all the signs from the road that help people find our farm, we cleaned out the shacks in the field where we check people in and out, and we took down all the white barrels that are used for parking in the U Pic fields.

One of our signs stationed alongside the road helps customers find us. At the end of the season, we want to eliminate confusion so we make sure they come down ASAP.

Now, what happens to the strawberries? Well, they got a haircut. We use a mower (see below) hooked up to a tractor to clean up the strawberry beds which helps prevent the spread of diseases if they are present.

IMG_0239.jpgNext, we cultivate or turn the soil between the rows which helps keep our rows in good shape for the next picking season. Strawberry plants can continue to grow and produce a good yielding fruit for multiple years which is why it’s important we take care of them post harvest.

A look at the cultivator we use to turn the soil.

Then we fertilize, continue to weed and water (irrigate) throughout the summer. In fall, we will use straw to cover the plants to protect them from the harsh elements of our Wisconsin winters.

We’re also making sure next year’s new crop is free of weeds. This is done by hand using a ho like you would in your garden, only ours is 4 acres. We also make sure these plants are fertilized and have plenty of water either through rain or irrigation.

These berries were planted in the spring of 2017 and will be ready to pick next season.

Now we can sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the summer at the pool…yeah right!!

We have raspberries in our high tunnel which we pick and sell every day, plus sweet corn to harvest and sell, then soybeans. And wait, we forgot something else that’s growing…a new baby coming in September!

Well we hope you learned a little bit more about what happens to the strawberries post harvest. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like more detailed information! Thanks, and we’ll see you back here again soon.

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