Sunday, May 2, 2010

Growing Strawberries

The strawberries sold at Wise Farms are grown in Rocky Point, NC. The farm has about 100 acres of strawberries and utilizes around 10 acres for winter production. Planted in the fall around the end of September to the middle of October, the strawberries are grown on raised beds of black plastic, which provide warmth and weed control. Plastic hoops are erected over the rows, similar in appearance to greenhouses, but the strawberries have no heat source other than the sun. It is in effect a modern day cold frame, like people used to raise tobacco plants. The strawberries are protected from the extreme cold and hence winter berries.

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