Despite this year’s unusually cold and stormy weather, strawberry crops seem to be unaffected.
Since the plants were dormant during the time that the ice storms hit the area, there were no “adverse effects on the crop itself,” said Clyde Gurosik, owner of Gurosik’s Berry Plantation in North Augusta.
The berry farm opened the week of Masters and will remain open through early July. While the strawberries weren’t affected, the start of the season was – there was about a seven- to 10-day delay to the usual start of the season.
“It was a very challenging and long winter,” said Gurosik.
The farm used a combination of tools to prevent harm to the crop early in the season, including row covers and overhead irrigation protection.
Seeing the growth of the berries is exciting, said Gurosik.
“I love to see the rebirth that occurs through nature – it’s a pretty amazing thing,” he said.
Then, there are also the events such as Our Lady of Peace School’s annual Strawberry Festival, which will be held at the school on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“There will be all kinds of entertainment, good, wholesome entertainment,” he said.
The farm donates strawberries for the event and those involved in the festival then use them to create a variety of items including baked goods and milkshakes.
There will also be strawberries available for purchase at the event. Other planned activities include games, prizes, strawberry-eating contest, bake-off and inflatables.
For more information about Guroski’s Berry Plantation and its roadside markets, visit www.gurosiksberryplantation.com .