UNICOI — Consumers clamoring strawberries may be able to get their hands on a bushel sooner than usual thanks to mild winter weather.
Steve Scott, owner of Scott’s Strawberry and Tomato Farms, said he is anticipating an earlier arrival of the sweet fruit locally. Scott said strawberry plants in the farm’s field are “pretty much” in full bloom now. He said green berries are visible on some of the plants, and some are even starting to show tinges of red coloring.
Scott said he recently talked to a man who sells irrigation equipment in North Carolina. The man told Scott a North Carolina grower advised him that warmer-than-usual winter temperatures would likely result in that area’s strawberry crop arriving around three weeks earlier.
“Here, I don’t think we’re hardly that far ahead,” Scott said.
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