Revised Update as of August 4, 2017 -
** We have already submitted our fall strawberry order to Cottle Farms. We likely cannot add to the order, however, we did book about 2500 extra plants with the expectations that some of you will have missed the initial deadline and will still be calling to reserve. Most of our extras are organic certified Chandler, Sweet Charlie, and Camarosa. If you want to order, just call or email to inquire about current availability.
Now taking strawberry plug orders for fall 2017 planting!
Many gardeners think spring is the time to plant strawberries. That's because spring is the busiest time in most garden centers and, thus, the easiest time for a store to sell strawberry plants. In fact, strawberry plants produce much better if planted in the fall and over-wintered for harvest the following May. We pride ourselves in selling plants during their optimal planting times, which for strawberries is late September!
We order our strawberry plugs from Cottle Farms in Eastern, NC. Cottle's plugs are well established, rooted in soil, and ready to transplant when you get them. Some will already have small runners starting. They come in plug trays of 50 plants each. We also cut trays in half and sell half trays to small growers and home gardeners.
This year Cottle Farm has increased their offerings. Please note that not all of the varieties below are available organically. Please read carefully...
Chandler – Available in conventional and organic. Top seller with u-pick growers; fast growing plant with high yield. Berries have good color & flavor, medium to large size, medium firmness, classic shape.
Sweet Charlie – Available in conventional and organic. Plants are vigorous and bear fruit 7-10 days earlier than Chandler. Berries are very sweet, firm & large. Easier to harvest because of large fruit size.
Camarosa – Available in conventional and organic. Plants have excellent early, mid, and late season production. Fruit is large, conical shaped, and sweet with a longer shelf life.
Camino Real - Available in conventional only! Camino real is a short-day cultivar. Plants are more compact, open, and erect, but less vigorous than Camarosa. Fruit is larger and per-plant yields are somewhat greater than Camarosa, but fruiting begins somewhat later. External and internal fruit color is also darker. Camino real is more rain tolerant than other strawberry varieties.
Albion - Available in conventional and organic. Albion produces very large fruit that is mostly conical, very firm and red. It's flavor is very good for a day-neutral. To get the high yields it is capable of producing, this variety will need a stronger watering and nutrient program than any other strawberry variety.
Festival - Available in conventional only! Plants have the yielding pattern of the camarosa. This berry is firm, mostly large, conical shaped, and excellent in maintaining attractiveness and flavor during and after long shipments. Most common strawberry grown in GA and FL.
Conventional Plug Pricing (Any Combination of Varieties)
½ Tray (25 plants) = $14
1-9 Trays (50 plants/tray) = $25/tray
10+ Trays (50 plants/tray) = $22/tray
Certified Organic Plug Pricing (Any Combination of Varieties)
½ Tray (25 plants) = $15
1-9 Trays (50 plants/tray) = $27/tray
10+ Trays (50 plants/tray) = $24/tray
We would appreciate a deposit of $10/tray at the time your order is placed. We can process credit cards over the phone (Store # 919-542-3353), or you can send a check in the mail to Country Farm and Home, 203 South Small Streeet, Pittsboro, NC 27312. No deposit is necessary for small, home garden 1/2 tray orders.
Important Dates to Remember
Please submit all orders by Saturday, July 22. You can email your order, call it in, or send it via mail with a check for deposit. Please make sure to tell us variety, quantity, and whether you want conventional or organic plugs! PLEASE NOTE: If you have a history of buying seasonal crops from us, you may know that we let people squeak in orders late and often can wave a magic wand and increase our orders up to nearly the last minute. NOT TRUE OF STRAWBERRIES! Cottle Farm is a large operation and very difficult to deal with. They do not allow us to add to our orders. We will order a little surplus for the store, but once those plugs are spoken for, that's it. Last year, we were sold out and had a strawberry waitlist weeks prior to the plants coming in.
Strawberries should be ready for pick up here at the store on or around September 18-19 with delivery to area farms following on September 20-22. These dates will firm up, and we will be in touch as the season develops and we can confirm that the slips are ready.