Good question! We have been anxiously awaiting those first strawberry blossoms, and they are finally beginning to open up! It’s such a joy to go out each morning and spend time in the strawberry fields. There is much to do – watering, weeding, and fertilizing take a huge chunk out of the day! But, I take time each day to just look around and savor the beauty and magic of the developing strawberries.
Mike and I attended the Mid-America Strawberry Growers conference in Branson, Missouri a couple of weeks ago. We learned so much from the other growers, and heard several experts on Strawberry production. We are doing some research on a variety of berries for our high tunnel that will produce berries from September – December. Wouldn’t it be fun to have fresh strawberries at Thanksgiving?
At the conference, I asked the question “When do Strawberries get ripe in Oklahoma?” I found out that the answer to that question is quite complex, and depends on the development of the primordial and axillary meristems, the photoperiod, the induction, intiation, and differentiation… Yep, a great deal was way over my head! But you can trust that I am watching those babies carefully, and now that we have blooms, I am on my knees each day searching for developing berries (and praying for the berry harvest)!
I promise to keep you updated on our berries’ progress and once those little nuggets of deliciousness are available, we are hoping you will join us at the Farm to pick-your-own berries!berries!