Rain Delays Tate’s Opening 

Mother Nature is keeping our state soggy and that’s not making strawberry growers very happy.Tate’s Strawberry Farm in Corinth was supposed to open for the season Friday, but owner Albert Tate says the rain is keeping some of the fruit from ripening on time.Tate put 60,000 to 65,000 strawberry plants in the ground. But 10 inches of rain last week, and even more this week is keeping things green, including some of the fruit.Despite the delay in the ripening process, workers at Tate’s are still picking 1,500 to 2,000-quarts a day.Instead of opening for the season Friday, Tate’s will open for picking Saturday, starting at 5 a.m.But both Saturday and Sunday will only be half days, with the farm closing to the public at noon.On Monday, the farm will go to full picking days, until July 15th.