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The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission and the University of Maryland Extension co-hosted a Small Fruit Farm Tour and Field Day workshop — a full day covering the ins and outs of blueberry, strawberry and bramble production for experienced, beginning and prospective growers.

For many years, I’d raised, or at least attempted to raise, strawberries. We always had a patch of them in our large family garden while I was growing up. Many of the first afternoons after school let out each June were spent gathering the sweet, juicy fruit, warm from the sun.

Prices for early-season strawberries have been strong in 2019, with higher-than-normal prices being reported from produce auctions and roadside stands asking $4 a pint.