Strawberry picking season lasts longer at Fort Atkinson farm

Warm Belly Farm has strawberries available to pick through the fall.
Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 3:12 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2022 at 4:23 AM CDT
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FORT ATKINSON, Wis. (WMTV) - Strawberry season traditionally is over by the month of July. At Warm Belly Farm, the owners have found a way to make picking season last longer.

The hydroponic facility in Fort Atkinson sustainably grows over 20,000 strawberry plants in its greenhouse.

Warm Belly Farm Erin Warner Horticulturist says the opportunity to pick berries in a farm like this is a pretty unique opportunity and something families may enjoy.

“We get a lot of people who have never picked in the hydroponic system before so they’re a bit blown away by the scale,” said Warner.

She says because the plants are three feet above the ground, some people find it easier to pick since there’s no bending over or crawling around to worry about.

“We also have a lot of people who haven’t been able to do a traditional strawberry picking for quite some time, maybe due to their ability level,” she added.

The ever-bearing strawberries are known to be large and sweet fruits.

“We expect a lot out of our ever-bearing plants,” said Warner. “They’re in continuous production and we treat them as annuals here.”

Picking at Warm Belly Farm is appointment based to make sure there are plenty of berries to choose from. Using a one-gallon bucket, you can pick up to 10 lbs of strawberries.

To make an appointment to pick berries, click HERE.

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