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Agricultural entrepreneurs: Yes!

Here at my latitude, strawberry season has started. As of last year, acquiring strawberries got a lot easier for me. A new strawberry farm started up last year only a 10-minute drive from here. They pick the berries in the morning, then sell them for $10 a gallon under the porch of an old barn right beside the fields.

But the situation is getting even better. The strawberry operation has been so successful that they’re putting in 10 or 12 acres of summer vegetables, watered, like the strawberries, from a nearby pond. They’ll sell the vegetables the same way — pick them in the morning and sell them at the barn. The price, they say, will be $1.50 a pound for all varieties of vegetables. They’re not organic, but they promise no pesticides.

Strange as it sounds, even though I live in farming country, the northern part of this county is considered a food desert because of the distance to grocery stores. Few people have gardens anymore. For me, a source of reasonably priced just-picked summer vegetables changes things. I’m planning to downsize my garden and concentrate on things that the farm won’t sell, such as basil (of which I use a great deal).

The investment this farm has made is considerable, and it’s obviously paying off. Not only is it a highly appropriate form of economic development for this area, it also supplies fresh food to the locals while saving them money. The family who own the farm work alongside a Mexican crew that obviously is experienced both at cultivating the crops and at picking them.

Progress! Now if we only had broadband.


  1. Chenda wrote:

    That’s some nice news. I hope we see a resurgence in local food producers.

    Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 1:19 pm | Permalink
  2. daltoni wrote:

    Hi Chenda: Are you in a rural part of England?

    Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 1:42 pm | Permalink
  3. Chenda wrote:

    Hi David yes in the Southdowns. We do have quite a number of independent producers although they seem to cater more to an affluent market such as supplying restaurants. I’m hoping we will see more traditional farm shops in the future.

    Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 2:16 pm | Permalink
  4. Jo wrote:

    Those are beautiful strawberries. My experience has been North Carolina produces good-tasting strawberries. The same is true of the ones from Plant City, FL in January. Those available the rest of the year are not as good, in my opinion. The availability of fresh vegetables in your area is a big plus.

    Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 7:24 pm | Permalink
  5. Henry Sandigo wrote:

    That bowl of berries looks scrumptious
    Nothing better than a bowl of fresh fruit and a dab of yogurt in the morn

    Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

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