As sure as the robin and the redbud, strawberry picking time is a sign that winter is long gone. It means that local farmers’ markets will be bursting with a variety of produce before long. And it means the growers are heading into the make-or-break season.
We are grateful to the farmers who bring locally grown food to our tables. We also appreciate the opportunity to have our families converge on their fields to pick produce, in the process educating new generations about why local farms are important, how plants grow and where items we see in produce section of the grocery store actually originate.
We hope this year is a financially healthy one for area farmers – whom are the recipients of this week’s Grit Award -- and we urge residents to visit during the picking season or a farm tour to learn more.