It’s strawberry time and soon legions of intrepid consumers will swarm over local patches to fill buckets with fresh berries. Soon, those berries will find their way onto shortcakes and under whipped cream, in pies, ice cream and many other goodies.
Those strawberries don’t come out of nowhere. Berry farmers begin work the previous year, putting down new plants and carefully tending them so they emerge sweet and juicy the next spring. Ralph Cook of Bottom View Farms tells us what it takes to get the crop ready on the farm he has owned for more than 60 years. This is your chance to learn more about where your food comes from and why people drive long distances to hunch over plants in the hot sun.