A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A CANALSIDE FARM STRAWBERRY!
Stage 1: Plant
We have over 112,000 Strawberry plants and replace them every 12-16 months to ensure a quality crop every year. To get them off to a good start we hand nurture the young plants in temperature controlled environments on ‘table tops’, which makes picking easier, allows for a better nutrient supply and results in an extended season so you can keep buying British!
Stage 2: Nurture
Our plants are grown in a combination of glasshouses and poly tunnels (recycled). The strawberries are self-pollinating, but we do call upon a colony of bees during the season to ensure the different varieties bloom as nature intended! The plants are watered up to 10 times a day during the hottest times to ensure they keep producing large and juicy berries throughout summer!
Stage 3: Harvest
As soon as our first crop ripens in early May, our seasonal fruit pickers set their daily alarm for a 5am start! They will work through to late August to provide local high-end catering and retail establishments with freshly picked boxes of strawberries – including the luxury Moat House in Acton Trussell, Freshview Foods in Newcastle Under Lyme and our own Canalside Cafe!
Stage 4: PYO
Open from late May to early September we keep eight strawberry plant tunnels for the exclusive use of our customers, and rotate their opening with the aim of ensuring there are always plenty of berries to pick! We provide punnets for you to fill and you can also bring along your own larger containers if you’re planning a bumper jam making session or a neighbourhood garden party!
Stage 5: Enjoy!
Throughout the season our Strawberries take a starring role in Canalside’s Afternoon Teas and Farm Shop jams! We would love to know what you do with your berries when you get them home…if they make it that far! Please email us a photo of your strawberry creations so we can put them on our Customer Gallery or post on our Instagram page! Thank you and Happy Picking!