I’m spoiled when it comes to strawberries. I don’t mind sharing that
Poteet really does have, in my humble opinion, the best, sweetest berries on the planet! And after last weekend and today, my convictions are even stronger.
Heading up to San Antonio to celebrate my friend Christa’s birthday at her sister’s, I stopped in Poteet on the way hoping to find a roadside vendor.
As luck would have it, there was a truck parked near the Strawberry Festival grounds. I whipped in and bought a flat from Jessica Cochrane, the daughter of the award winning Cora Lamar and their Oak Hills Farm business.
Though we only consumed a pint that evening, when I got home (much later) I was tasked with hulling and rinsing the rest. Some were frozen and the rest went north with me on Easter Sunday to contribute to the Carnes Easter Extravaganza. Needless to say, there wasn’t a berry left at the end of the day.
On Tuesday, got to interview Cora at her farm. She was
I named Strawberry Grower of the Year – for the second time – and the honor is well deserved. She will be featured in next week’s issue along with the Honorary Grower Leonard Sanchez Sr.
Walking around the packing shed she is leasing from the Wheelers, and seeing all of the berries being sorted, plus smelling the fresh strawberry scent was just heavenly.
Looking at one of the fields, I realized that this is still a hand-picked crop, I can really respect all of the area farmers when they are trying to get these crops in.
As a parting gift, Cora’s crew packed up not one, but two flats of strawberries – perfect in every way – for me to take back to our office. Be assured that there were a few missing when I got there. Even with a bit of sand, they were the best!
The way I see it, head over to the festival next weekend April 8-10 and get you some bona fide Poteet strawberries that are sold inside the grounds. You won’t regret it! We’ll see you there.
SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at email@example.com or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.