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Sweetest strawberries in decades
Sweetest strawberries in decades

Plant City, FL -- Gary Parke of Parkesdale Farm is a busy but very happy man these days.


The Florida Strawberry Festival is just weeks away and there is still a lot of work to do but Parke says he's ready.


He's not only ready but excited too. You can hear the excitement in his voice over the phone. 


When I asked him how the crop fared after the winter freeze he said, "Miss Ginger, these are some of the best strawberries i've had in thirty six years."


He went on to say that plants are more like people than we care to admit.


He explained it this way. If you're a mother with a baby on a sinking boat and there's only one lifejacket then you're going to put it on the baby so he or she can have a fighting chance.


Parks says faced with the freezing weather and thinking they might die, the strawberry plant released all of it's sugar into the berry so it could survive.


The end result will be some of the juciest and sweetest strawberries we've had in a while according to Parke.


The Florida Strawberry Festival begins March 3 and Parke says they are picking berries on a daily basis. They pick every field every three days.


Parke also points out that this is usually the time of year we start seeing strawberry prices go down in the grocery stores.


It hasn't happened yet because of the freeze. He says that will likely change in about a week to ten days.


That should be plenty of time to get your tastebuds ready for some super sweet berries.

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