Steve Scott, whose family operates Scott’s Strawberry and Tomato Farms based in Unicoi, said May 1 is about right for the first picking of their locally grown berries, which may have a come just a few days earlier than usual this year.
“The weather has been been cooperating,” he said. “We’ve got a good yield. They’ve got a good flavor. We’re picking, We’re happy.”
Depending on the weather, Scott said, the berries should be available into June.
Plenty of sunshine has been and will continue to be the determining factor. “That’s what it’s all about,” Scott said.
At present, “It’s pretty good,” he said of this year’s crop. And he expects it will continue to be “as long as we don’t get a lot of rain.”
A local favorite, fresh-picked Scott’s strawberries are sold at 11 market stand locations between Bristol and Knoxville and at the Scott’s Farm Market on Limestone Cove Road in Unicoi. Food City stores also carry Scott’s berries and other produce from Scott’s farms.
Scott’s Farm Market carries a variety of jellies, jams and preserves made from Scott’s berries and, during the short strawberry season, fresh-made strawberry ice cream.
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