Strawberry season in New York is in full swing. The much anticipated “June-bearing” strawberries that bear their fruit in the early summer – typically the second week of June through the second week of July – are available at several farms throughout the Hudson Valley and Saratoga regions.
Strawberries are often classified according to their seasonal availability. “June-bearing” strawberries bear their fruit in the beginning of summer. “Ever-bearing” strawberries, more typically found in areas like California, produce several crops throughout the summer.
Commercial strawberry propagation is typically from that of runners which are planted in the form of root plants or plugs. The berries are then grown by annual plasticulture or by a perennial row system. In the spring a mulch of straw and manure is put between the berry rows to keep the ground moist and to provide nutrients to the young plants. When the berry season ends in mid-July the runners are removed and the ground is tilled. The process is repeated the following year.
A simple snack made from local strawberries that kids will love