Rain Slows Local Strawberry Farm 

Every summer, the folks at Tate’s Strawberry Farm in Corinth plant up to 65,000 strawberry plants, eagerly anticipating pickers from all over the state.But with 10 inches of rain falling last week alone, this years crop has been a little slow to ripen. Albert Tate, owner of Tate’s Strawberry Farm, says they plan for excess rainfall.”We grow our plants on a hill, we hill them up, so the water hasn’t been a problem as far as damaging the crop,” Tate explains, “it’s slowing them down. they haven’t quite got ready to ripen yet.”Despite the delay in the ripening process, workers at Tate’s are still picking 1500-2000 quarts per day.Most of those berries are being sent to roadside stands and some local businesses, like Hannaford, Dysarts, and The Muddy Rudder restaurant. The big question on most strawberry lovers minds is, of course, when can they show up and pick their own?”We’ve selected saturday the 27th as opening day, whether we have enough berries for everybody for the whole weekend we’re not sure, but I have a lot of them that need to be picked and if it continues to rain I’m going to really need the people out here picking them before they go bad.”After being in the business over 50 years, not much surprises Tate, and even 10 inches of rain is enough to dampen his enthusiasm.”We’ve got the fields all in good condition, we’re just waiting for the sun to break,” Tate says. “Soon as the sun breaks we’ll have plenty of strawberries.”