Mile Creek Farms, South Carolina

Six Mile grower says strawberries may harvest late due to pandemic

The South Carolina peak strawberry season usually runs from April until June. This year however, complications arising from the pandemic have delayed the strawberry harvest at one farm in Six Mile. Owner Rodney Morton acknowledges that the berries at Mile Creek Farms are green instead of deep red.

"Last year, we had them coming in around March. So, that was good," Morton told This year, he says, it's going to be a few more weeks before they'll see ripe strawberries. We usually plant probably the second week in October, but this time it was more toward the end of October on account of we couldn't get the plugs from Canada. They shut the greenhouses down on account of COVID. So, it put us about three weeks behind on planting.”

“The strawberries, that's the first thing that comes in the Springtime. So, that's where you kind of generate your money from. So, it kind of hurts a little bit, but we got through it," Morton added.

Clemson's horticulture representative said many farmers get their plants from Canada. So, it could be a common issue for strawberry farmers. Furthermore, the up and down weather doesn't help either.

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