Strawberry season is right around the corner for those in Middle Tennessee. Farmers all over have been worried about how the pandemic was going to affect their season and how their fruit would get to their customers. Fruit farms in Tennessee are having to compromise and are coming up with new, creative ideas for the unpredecented season.
Batey Farms in Murfreesboro, Tennessee is one of the farms that's coming up with a plan to keep their customers and staff safe during this upcoming season. They're just two weeks away from having fresh strawberries ripe for the picking.
While locals won't be able to actually explore the farm and pick their own berries this year, the owners are trying to come up with a drive-thru plan so their customers can still get fresh fruit.
The pre-picked berries will be $4.50 per pound and will be able to picked up via car. Locals will be able to get their strawberries from the end of April until the end of May.
Brandon Whitt from Batey Farm told WKRN that the farm has come up with a plan to safely pick and transfer their crops so everyone can enjoy these berries.
“So right now on our farm, what we are planning to do is to do all pre-picked berries, where we will keep our employees at distance. They will be properly covered in their PPE gear to be able to pick those berries. And then we’ll actually set up and do a drive-through service here at the farm, where people will be able to purchase those berries," explained Whitt.
The farm is still in the works of coming up with ideas to get the public more involved since the u-pick events won't be happening until further notice.
The farm owners are also considering a virtual experience such as encouraging customers to share on their social media what they do with the strawberries. This way, others can get some at-home inspiration.
With so many fruit and vegetable farms in Teneessee, there's bound to be a variety of creative plans to make the season's harvest beneficial for all.
To stay up to date on your favorite location's new protocols, farmers are advising fruit and veggie lovers to call ahead before making their way to the farm.