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What Could Late Frosts Do to Tennessee’s Strawberry Crop?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | 09:52am

Farmers Demonstrate Techniques for Fighting Frost Damage at Media Days April 24th and 25th

NASHVILLE – A drop in nighttime temperatures this week puts at risk some of Tennessee’s much anticipated strawberry crop. With strawberries just ready to pick, how will farmers deal with potential frosts?

Two Tennessee strawberry growers plan to show off just how well their frost prevention techniques work on Wednesday and Thursday during special Pick Tennessee Products media days. Visitors who come to pick strawberries by 11 a.m. both days will get to see how those berries were protected the night before with “frost blankets” or a continuous water spray system. Berry pickers can also take home free recipe cards and have the chance to win a basket of artisan foods from Tennessee. 

Bradley Kountry Acres Strawberries and Greenhouse in Sumner County, owned by Mike and Cathy Bradley, will host a strawberry picking media day on April 24th. The Bradley’s also have a large selection of spring bedding plants, herbs, vegetable plants, ferns and hanging baskets grown in their own farm greenhouses.
On April 25th, Pick Tennessee Products will be at Circle S Farms near Lebanon, owned by Nelson, Emmie Lou and Donnie Steed. 

Media will have the opportunity to interview farmers and officials in attendance, get footage of frost prevention methods in action, take a tour of the farm, and will receive a “goody bag” including digital images and information about local foods and farms.

Who:  All Media are invited. Lunch will be provided. Local officials are also encouraged to attend.

When & Where:  Each media day event will begin at 11 a.m. local time.

April 24: Bradley Kountry Acres & Greenhouse

Mike & Cathy Bradley
650 Jake Link Rd
Cottontown, TN  37048 (Sumner County)
Phone: (615) 325-2836 OR (615) 335 - 9310

April 25: Circle S Farms

Nelson & Emmie Lou Steed, Donnie Steed
1627 East Old Laguardo Rd.
Lebanon, TN  37087 (Wilson County)
Phone: (615) 405-6860 (615) 405-6523


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