When 5-Foot Farm on Highway 70 announced that their ripe, red strawberries were back on for the picking, Carol Sheller of Quincy and plenty of other folks braved the heat for handfuls of the delicious summer treats. Photos by Roni Java
Word got around that 5-Foot Farm’s strawberry crop was back on and in peak ripeness July 31 in west Quincy.
5-Foot Farm owner Elizabeth Powell rang up a steady stream of cabbage, basil and strawberry customers July 31 after a hiatus had temporarily interrupted her berry-growing season. For some reason, she said, “the strawberries just stopped, and I had to put out word on our website and social media pages.” A happy customer waiting in line with a full carton added, “Yes, when I saw that on Instagram, I thought oh no! Now, I’m so glad they’re ready again.”
Red, ripe strawberries are one of summer’s favorite harvests on local farms in the Lost Sierra.
Comparing berry hauls at the farm were Quincy kids Ezekiel Shafer on the left, 7, Samuel Ward, 7, and his little brother Joshua, 5.
Hank Shafer of Quincy, 2, intently made his way through the 5-Foot Farm strawberry patch. He had the advantage of being closest in height to the crop.
Aurora Churchill of Quincy, 5, made careful selections of the abundant berries during 5-Foot Farm’s u-pick night.
Berry picking went faster on a summer night when Greenville sisters Liah Bowers on the left, 11, and Serenity, 13, teamed up.