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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.
Hetherington and her husband, Boots, own B and R Farms in Ringtown, Schuylkill County, where they raise 10 acres of strawberries. Things were looking good this year, she said, until a storm pounded the plants with quarter-sized hail on May 28.
This Eastern Shore area near Salisbury produced strawberries, peaches, apples and blueberries in abundance. Virtually any temperate fruit, including the native pawpaw, can be grown in this area.