FINE FRUIT; Strawberry Fields manager Sean Riley has more than 700,000 strawberry plants growing at the Stanthorpe farm.
FINE FRUIT; Strawberry Fields manager Sean Riley has more than 700,000 strawberry plants growing at the Stanthorpe farm. Daniel Elliott

Strawberry Fields - ripe for the picking

BERRIES are beginning to swell as they ripen ready for picking at Strawberry Fields.

With 700,000 strawberry plants fruiting and flowering, the picking season is starting to gear up.

While last week's inclement weather caused a slight hiccup, Strawberry Fields manager Sean Riley, who runs the farm alongside wife Lisa, said the weather had been relatively kind.

"We've just brought in around 30 pickers and, if it wasn't for the cold snap, we'd be into a strong pick," he said.

"The early season has been relatively kind to us and, while the colder spring has slowed the crop, it has been good considering the current markets.

"Now Caboolture and a lot of the other growing areas have slowed down, the prices are recovering although there is a little bit of consumer resistance."

Mr Riley said the farm's Albion variety strawberry plants produced sweet fruit and warm evenings would help them ripen to perfection.

"In the next week or so there will be plenty of strawberries and people can come down and pick their own every day of the week," he said.

"Our shop is open seven days from 9am til 4.30pm and we sell our strawberries direct from there and we also like to sell other local products."



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