HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Strawberry season has begun and harvest time is right around the corner. Locally owned Aplin Farms is ready for customers to come and pick their produce.
“They look really good,” Co-owner John Aplin said. “They’ve grown really well this year better than they look right now, better than they ever have since we’ve been growing strawberries.”
Aplin Farms has been open for four generations and grows everything from cabbages and peaches to pumpkins and strawberries.
“We’re three or four weeks away from, not the peak of the season but when we get into really heavy picking,” Aplin said. “Because it starts off a little slow and then it starts to build as we get into the season.”
Aplin Farm has seen a huge increase in revenue since the pandemic began, since it’s an activity many can do and still maintain CDC guidelines.
After the turn out the farm saw last year for strawberry season, they expect just as many if not more.
“Similar we really don’t know what to expect because we didn’t know what to expect last year and we certainly didn’t expect what we had last year,” He said.
Aplin Farm will also have a brand new barn that will be ready by the time harvest season comes.
The new barn will be where the farm sells all of their products and will have a rustic feel to it, with grain silos in the fields that will be turned into gazebos.
“Ready or not it will open when we open for strawberry season,” Aplin said. “It won’t be completely one hundred percent finished but we should be about 90 percent finished when we open for strawberry season.”
With strawberry season starting later than normal, it will last until the beginning of June.