UNICOI — Friday marked the first day of strawberry harvesting at Unicoi-based Scott’s Strawberry and Tomato Farms, and owner Steve Scott said early indications point to a bountiful crop this season.
“We’ll have more than we can probably get rid of here in about a week or so,” Scott said Friday afternoon. Picking typically starts around the first of May, Scott said. Last year, harvesting at Scott’s Farms began April 19. Scott said the later start this year is due to cooler weather.
“So we’re running late this year, but we’ve got a goodlooking crop,” he said. “We just needed some sunshine to get them ripe, and they’re starting to come on. We started today, and today’s been a good day.”Scott said the berries began blooming earlier this spring, and Scott’s Farms has irrigated several times to combat frost. Still, he said cooler temperatures and rainfall have not adversely affected the crop.