MACON—Consumers can get a first-hand look at agricultural production beginning in early April, when the strawberries at more than 30 “you-pick” farms across the state will be ready for harvest.
“We’ve had some early warm weather and should be ready a little earlier than last year,” said Jake Carter of Southern Belle Farm in McDonough. “We should be ready to open up the second week of April and we’re looking forward to a good crop.”
A popular dessert fruit, strawberries are fat free and rich in folic acid, potassium and fiber. According to the Georgia Strawberry Growers Association, eight medium-size strawberries contain 160 percent of the USDA’s recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.
Grown statewide, strawberries are a staple of the “you-pick” market, and many strawberry farms offer farm tours and other products and services to enhance the on-farm experience, including hosting school and church groups for tours.
“Strawberry you-pick markets are a great affordable family activity,” said Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. “It’s a good way to get people to come to the farm and see what’s happening there.”
Georgia Farm Bureau’s 2011 Certified Farm Markets brochures are now available at county Farm Bureau offices roadside visitor centers and other selected outlets, providing location and contact information for the markets.
For more information about Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Markets, including a listing of markets in various areas of the state, please visit http://www.gfb.org/commodities/cfm/default.html.
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors.
GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.