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Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports Impending Cold Snap, Freeze Risk May Threaten State’s Strawberry Crop, Fruit Trees

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Tennessee’s highly anticipated strawberry crop has survived a roller coaster weather ride until now, but low temperatures, wind chill and moisture has area strawberry growers working overtime to protect the valuable berries. Generally, this year’s crop has been on schedule to be ready for first picking around the first of May.

Other fruit-bearing trees may also be affected by a hard freeze.

National Weater Service has issued a freeze watch from late Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 20's. Cold snap could threaten area Strawberry crop.

National Weater Service has issued a freeze watch from late Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 20’s. Cold snap could threaten area Strawberry crop.

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Department of Agriculture says Pick Perfect Local Peaches in Tennessee; While They Last

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Turns out, bigger really isn’t always better—at least when it comes to peaches. Tennessee’s peaches may not match their rivals in size this year, but that’s exactly why, at the end of a soggy summer, Tennessee peaches have more flavor packed beneath their fuzzy exteriors.

In many parts of the Deep South this summer, excessive rains have affected famous peach crops in a way that isn’t immediately evident.

Pick Perfect Local Peaches in Tennessee

Pick Perfect Local Peaches in Tennessee

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Sudden Summer Sizzle Helps State’s Berry Crops Make Up for Lost Time

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – After a long, cool, rain soaked spring, Tennessee’s typical hot and humid summertime weather is here. The sudden shift is helping the state’s crops make up for lost time, which is especially beneficial to the farmers who grow much anticipated local berries, peaches, plums, apples and pears.

Tennessee’s berry crops, formerly in slow motion, have responded to ideal summer conditions by maturing at top speed, according to TDA’s agritourism and farmers market coordinator, Pamela Bartholomew.

Blackberries grown in Tennessee.

Blackberries grown in Tennessee.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Recent Cold Snaps Helped State’s Strawberry Crop

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Springtime cold snaps make strawberry lovers quake in their boots over the quantity and quality of the crop. Fortunately, Tennessee’s strawberry growers report that, if anything, the weather so far has only benefitted the burgeoning berries.

“All fruits sweeten best in hot, sunny weather,” says Pamela Bartholomew, marketing specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, “but Tennessee’s cool, wet spring has actually prolonged the growing process. The cold has thinned out some strawberries, but that’s actually a good thing, too, since the remaining berries will get a bigger share of their plant’s nourishment. It all adds up to a great crop!”

You can expect a great crop of strawberries this year from your local farmers according to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

You can expect a great crop of strawberries this year from your local farmers according to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

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Tennessee Farmers Market Conference in Nashville March 22nd

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – What’s a sure sign of spring?  Obviously it’s when farmers markets start gearing up for the growing season. This year Tennessee’s booming farmers markets have a new way to help each other achieve common goals and meet the challenges of helping local farmers and customers meet face to face in the marketplace: the Tennessee Association of Farmers Markets.

Farmers market managers from across the state convened during the annual Tennessee Farmers Market Conference held in January to create an official body. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Warm Spring gives State’s Farmers Markets, Statewide Market Tour Early Start

 

Tour to make stop at Clarksville’s Downtown Market July 28th

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The wait is over, localvores. Despite a late cold snap that proved disastrous for some fruit crops in patchy spots across Tennessee, the three week warm spell that came before has farmers markets filling up with summer produce earlier than usual.

Pamela Bartholomew, agritourism and farmers markets coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, reports that summertime favorites like yellow squash, zucchini, broccoli, cabbage and cucumbers are already being picked, and that homegrown tomatoes and sweet corn are not far behind. «Read the rest of this article»

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TDA Continues to “Cultivate Farm Revenue” At Agritourism Conference

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The 2011 “Tennessee Agritourism: Cultivating Farm Revenue” conference is scheduled for January 12th-13th at Pickwick Landing State Park.

“Agritourism is the term for the part of agriculture that involves inviting the public right onto the farm for activities or farm products,” says Pamela Bartholomew, agritourism coordinator with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. “That could include anything from an orchard or berry patch to a dairy or corn maze and pumpkin patch. This concept has really blossomed in Tennessee over the last decade, and the focus of our annual conferences just keeps changing with the times.”

“Who would have thought, 10 years ago, that every farm would have its own website?” says Bartholomew. “Facebook didn’t even exist until 2004. And now our farms have Facebook ‘fans’. Farms ‘tweet’ about what’s ready to be harvested on their farms that day to their followers’.” «Read the rest of this article»

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