Tony Little plans to roll out covers over his four acres of strawberries at Deer Run Farm of Midland this afternoon, just ahead of the predicted frost.
- But don’t worry, he tells me, the strawberries will be OK.
Why it matters: Strawberry picking is one of North Carolina’s favorite pastimes, and the berries are set to be ready around mid-April as usual, even with the cold snap today and tomorrow.
- Little says his covers protect the crop down to the low-20s; the forecasted lows are about 28° or 29°.
- With a quick warmup next week, he expects the “pinky-nail” sized berries to pop.
Details: Deer Run is about 30 miles east of Charlotte and has pick-your-own strawberries and pre-picked ones, along with a roadside stand on Hwy. 24/27.
- Little tells me that new this year will be handicap accessible rows to allow people in wheelchairs to pick.