Cora Lamar, champion strawberry farmer, has been named Grower of the Year by the Poteet Rotary Club.
Lamar’s strawberries not only won Grand Champion last year, they also fetched the record amount of $10,700 at the yearly auction.
Lamar is also no stranger to the front page of the Pleasanton Express. She was awarded Sweepstakes in 2006 by winning Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion. Last July, HEB featured her in one of their commercials. They spent the whole day, from early morning to almost midnight at her Oak Hill Farms in Poteet. She has been providing fruits and vegetables to the chain for over 23 years. This past fall their water well went dry due to the drought around strawberry planting season. She delayed her order for strawberries and did not get them in the ground until October.
The type of strawberries Lamar has grown over the years include different varieties. In 2006 Chandlers won and the Albion variety won top honors in 2011.
“I am so honored to be chosen as Grower of the Year. Actually, I’m blown away!” she exclaimed.
Her produce is available not only at HEB but also at The Pearl Farmers Market located at 200 East Grayson in San Antonio each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. She has been president of the Pearl Farmers Market Association since its inception and can be found there with family members every Saturday.
The Tomball native has also farmed in the Austin area. When asked how long she has been farming. she offered “well, I’ve been married 43 years….43 years!”
Her 170 acre farm is located off FM 1246 near Amphion Cemetery. She and her husband, Bobby and daughter Jessica Cochrane and son Chris help bring their farm to your table. “My family is in this with me. They are by my side. We all do this together and make it a family business. If it wasn’t for them, I couldn’t do this. I hope my children continue farming. We need younger farmers out there” she said.