Gwen Fowler



Cool spring makes for late strawberry season

Posted 5/9/2013 11:33:00 AM

Strawberry season arrived late this year because of the cool spring, but they are plentiful now all across the state.

Hunter Farms in Easley started its season at the end of April.

“The weather has stalled everything unlike anything we have seen the previous 16 years,” read a Facebook post on April 23. “By far, this will be our latest opening day ever.”

Picking just started at The Hardy Berry Farm in Anderson.

Sandy Flat Berry Patch in Taylors is open now too.

When I attended the Sustainable Chefs Showcase at the Indie Grits Festival on April 14, several chefs took advantage of some of the first ripe berries from Cottle Strawberry Farm in Hopkins, just outside of Columbia.

Cottle’s Facebook page has photos of some enormous berries, and it’s a good place to check to see if the fields are open for picking. You can also buy berries already picked at the farm and at several roadside markets.

Here are some other strawberry farms around the state:

Gurosik’s Berry Plantation, North Augusta.

McLeod Farms, McBee.

Hickory Bluffs Nursery and Berry Farm, Holly Hill.

Breland Hill Strawberry Barn, Ruffin.

Charpia Farms, Summerville.

Ambrose Family Farm, Wadmalaw Island.

Lever Farms, Pomaria.