Local Farmers Survive Drought, More Produce Available

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The past several years have been a far cry from easy for area farmers who are doing their best to survive this terrible drought.

Not only for fruit and vegetable farmers in the Charlie-Thornberry area, but their customers who love the fresh produce.

And this year, the owners say you can expect to see a lot more of the delicious berries.

“The plants are really large and are starting to bloom out now,” Steve Young, Owner, Young’s Orchard.

At young’s orchard in charlie, the strawberry plants are soaking up the sun, after earlier soaking up some good rain…

“We’ve just been able to take good care of them through the winter, you know,” Young said.

Though there were several winter storms, young says he and his wife were able to protect their plants… And once the snow and ice melted… The strawberry plants got some extra nourishment.

“That rainwater is really good for them,” Young said.

But what’s had the biggest affect on this year’s crop?

“The rains have been tremendous here. We didn’t have to put any water on the strawberries for probably about three weeks because, you know, every week would come a good rain,” Young said.

And that could mean a bumper strawberry crop this spring.

“It’s as good as I’ve ever seen it. We’ve got a good crop. Most of the plants that we put out have made it, so it’s real uniform throughout,” Young said.

The Young’s will open up their six-acre strawberry patch to the public to pick their own berries starting Saturday, April 11th.

You can do that from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. that day.

Strawberry picking will continue a couple times each week for the next couple months.

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