New berry farm growing with season in full bloom

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Spring has sprung and berries are blooming, and that means it’s time to get to picking, and the owners of a new berry farm are getting ready to host their first open event.

Starting this week, those in search of a basket full of fresh strawberries can stop by the King’s Good Vineyard and Berry Farm. The owner said it was their upbringing that made this possible.

Will Morath is the co-owner of the King’s Good Vineyard and Berry Farm. He is new to the strawberry scene but not a rookie when it comes to growing fruit and vegetables.

“Growing up farming me and my three sisters and brother, we started working at a young age on the farm which made our summers,” Morath said. “We weren’t all always out at the lake or something, but it worked out good for us.”

Will and his brother Jacob started the business and together they’ve planted 5.5 acres of muscadine grapevines, three acres of blackberry plants and an acre of strawberry plants. 

Will Morath said it takes some time and hard work to grow those tasty treats for customers.

“We plant them in October, they start putting blooms on probably in, like, January,” Morath said. “Strawberries are like the first fruit of the year”

Now that the strawberries are ready to be eaten those at the Vineyard are hosting U-Pick: an event where customers can come pick their own perfect strawberry, purchase them and enjoy the berry good taste of one of America’s favorite fruits.

And customer Julie Rocamontes can’t get enough.

“The strawberries are really big, they’re red, they’re ready to be picked,” Rocamontes said. “I mean they’re great they’re delicious well we’re gonna eat some.”

“That’s the fun part about it,” Morath said. “Watching everybody have fun out there in what you worked hard on all year.”

Take the family out and find your perfect strawberry, and remember, this time it’s okay to be picky with your food.

This event is every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until the end of May from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Vineyard in Charlie — as long as the weather allows it.

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