By Kassie Simmons | March 31, 2021 at 4:19 PM EDT – Updated March 31 at 7:35 PM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – It’s not quite time for strawberry picking, but Lewis Farms opened its gates to customers last weekend.
“With the colder winter, plants just came out of dormancy two weeks ago,” said farm manager Walt Webb. “They put out a lot of blooms, the bees visited them, got them pollinated. Typically, from there, it’s 21 to 28 days for a red, ripe strawberry to be in the field. We’re looking at probably an April 12 weekend of opening up the You-Pick.”
However, the farm’s greenhouse is already open along with its ice cream stand. There are even some strawberries already waiting to be sold.
“This weekend, we’ll have plenty of already-picked strawberries available that were picked out of our solar tunnels up in Rocky Point,” said Webb. “We also have our greenhouse full of plants. We’ll have homemade ice cream and milkshakes as well.”
Last year’s pandemic hit many businesses hard, but Lewis Farms says that it was one of the lucky ones. Because farms were deemed essential, the owners haven’t had too many problems — just some minor adjustments to keep their customers and staff members safe. Lewis Farms made some changes to how customers can get their berries.
“We’ve made changes in how we actually weigh the product to reduce the amount of people that were touching buckets and any other product that was used on the farm,” said Webb. “We’ve continued to incorporate a lot of those this year. We’re still asking people to wear a mask if they’re indoors of our facility.”
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