This will be year 2 of our trial. We wintered over our Albion as well as the fall added Camarosa plants.
We will be using a strawberry picking list due to a limited supply and that we are still trying to sort out a pattern as to how these ripen.
You can signup at the OzBF store or just use the adjacent button to get you there.
OzBF grows our strawberries on tabletops which means you can pick and we can maintain the plants without a lot of bending over. Our new growing method is still in trial mode but we have expanded an additional 880 plants making it about 1600 plants total. We hope to continue expanding. In the first year we had a good spring crop and the Albion produced all the way through to the first frost of fall 2021. In July 2021 we ran into problems with a fruit fly and yellowjackets and halted u pick but continued to experiment with the trial learning along the way. In 2022 we will focus on the spring crop, thus avoiding the summer critters of July.
To have a spring crop meant we started our planting back in August and in December wintered the plants over by putting them on the ground and covering them. Its been a pretty cold winter but we have a good survival rate. Plans are to provide strawberries from late May until early July with the bulk in the May and early June timeframe.
Strawberries will need picking every other day and can't hang around on the plant like blueberries for very long. So we will likely have a picking list this year. We will publish through our berry alerts how to get signed up for that.
OzBf is one of just a couple farms doing tabletop strawberries and have been working with and sharing information with University of Minnesota strawberry researcher Kate Fessler.