This week I was shown round the local strawberry and raspberry farm by the owner.
It was interesting to see the different varieties of strawberries at the different stages of growth and how they are grown. The strawberries are grown in poly tunnels and have been planted in grow bags and then placed on a shelf at about head height. As the plants grow and the fruits form, the strawberries will dangle down making picking easy.
I was asked if I wanted to go and do a few hours fruit picking on Sunday but unfortunately I was poorly so my husband went intead. He managed to do about 100 punnets in 2 hours which I thought was good going. He explained that you have to leave a bit of a stalk on the fruit and so you have to dig your nail into the stalk and then twist inorder to get the strawberry to come off. after two hours Steve said his fingers were aching but he could sooth himself with a punnet of the delicious strawberries that we were given.