The Poteet Rotary Club has named their Grower of the Year for 2018. Leonard Sanchez, Jr. carries on the family legacy of growing strawberries in the area.
A third generation strawberry grower, Sanchez follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Antonio Sanchez and his father, Leonard Sanchez Sr. Growing up, Sanchez would help his grandfather and father out with growing strawberries until he left for school in Uvalde where he became a cattle ranch manager. He came back to the area around 1999 and picked the legacy back up of growing strawberries for the past 12 years. Sanchez currently works as a ranch and farm manager, working primarily with cattle. Merchants and buyers from all over such as Austin and New Braunfels come down to buy Sanchez’s berries by the case to take back and sell at their own stands. All of his family helps in growing, picking and selling strawberries each year. During this time of the year, you can find him selling his famous strawberries in front of the Poteet Dairy Queen off of Highway 16 with his family. This year, Sanchez grew 6 different varieties of berries including Monterey, Sweet Ann and Fronteras. Sanchez will be at the Strawberry Festival this weekend with his strawberries so make sure to stop by and see what makes him the 2018 Grower of the Year.