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Southern Belle Farm ushers in strawberry season
by Nneka Okona
May 01, 2013 11:12 AM | 1409 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye.From left, Tyrissa Jones and her mother, Shirley Jones, both of Jonesboro, spend Wednesday morning picking strawberries at Southern Belle Farm.
Staff / Katherine Frye.From left, Tyrissa Jones and her mother, Shirley Jones, both of Jonesboro, spend Wednesday morning picking strawberries at Southern Belle Farm.
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Strawberry plants are in bloom and ripe for the picking at Southern Bell Farm in McDonough.

Southern Belle Farm, known in the area for hosting a corn maze in the fall, expanded its services to include more spring activities about five years ago, according to co-operator Jake Carter.

“Everything we do here at the farm we try to make family friendly,” he said. “We already do the fall season and we had the idea to create a spring event for families.”

For $10 per gallon and no admission cost, families can select fruit from 70,000 strawberry plants on five acres of farmland.

Strawberries were picked as the focal point of the spring activities because, according to Carter, they are the first fruit of the season.

Planting of the red, juicy berries began in the fall.

“They fare in the winter pretty well,” Carter said. “As you can see, things are starting to bloom and strawberry plants are doing the same thing.”

Blooming is a sure sign that strawberries are on their way.

“After they bloom, they become strawberries within 28 days, depending on the weather,” Carter said.

In order to maintain the plants and to encourage optimum growth, Carter said he uses a simple routine.

“Starting in the early winter months, we start keeping the plants weeded and taking care of them,” he said. “We make sure they are healthy as well as keeping them watered and fertilized, so these plants can be nurtured along to harvest.”

Along with strawberry picking, the farm also offers freshly churned ice cream, strawberry shortcake, jams and jellies for sale.

For children, a petting zoo and jumping pillow for playing is also on site.

The farm is at 1767 Turner Church Road in McDonough.

Information: (770) 288-2582 or www.southernbellefarm.com.

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