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Strawberry farm stands are gearing up for the 2020 season

Road side stands selling fresh strawberries and vegetables are opening up around the San Joaquin Valley, and are a excellent option for safe shopping, reported Dale Yurong on ABC 30 News in Fresno. 

In keeping with social distancing guidelines, Yurong conducted remote interviews with UC Cooperative Extension advisor Ruth Dahlquist-Willard and agricultural assistant Michael Yang, who work closely with small-scale farmers in Fresno and Tulare counties.

San Joaquin Valley strawberry stands are expected to be open by April 10.

Dahlquist-Willard suggested customers maintain a six-foot space from other shoppers at farm stands and follow other common sense precautions when purchasing the healthful fresh food by, "not touching any produce that you're not planning to buy, leaving as soon as you've made a purchase and washing the produce when you get home . . . . Similar to what we're seeing at farmers markets right now."

UCCE advisor Ruth Dahlquist-Willard speaks remotely with ABC 30 News.

Some valley farmers have been selling their produce at farmers markets out of town and have noticed fewer people are out shopping, Yurong said. They hope more people will stop by the local farm stands, away from the crowded grocery stores, and pick up something straight out of the field.

"My farmers that go to farmers markets, even though the farmers market is still open, they only allow a few people at a time. You don't have a lot of customers walk by just like before," Yang said.

San Joaquin Valley strawberry stands were all expected to be open by April 10, Yurong said.

UCCE ag assistant Michael Yang on the Channel 30 News.
 
Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 8:53 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture Food

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Great. These days social distancing is highly important and we must educate people who are still not aware of the current situation.  
 
Appreciated :)

Posted by Tripfore.com on April 1, 2020 at 10:51 AM

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