The freezing temperatures the early part of last week had Poteet strawberry farmers moving quickly to protect their crops. Overall, fortunately, it appears any damage has not been large-scale.
On Monday evening, Ruth Ann Schultze of KH Farms in Poteet said they are still seeing more damage from last week’s freeze. However, the damage has been minimal.
On March 7, her daughter Kristen Walla posted a Facebook live video thanking everyone for the many messages and prayers they received. The farm had requested prayers for all of the Poteet strawberry farmers.
Many wanted an update on how the berries handled the freeze.
“As you all know, strawberries don’t always fare well in really cold weather. We got down to 27 degrees for two nights in a row,” said Walla. “So, we don’t really know how it’s going to affect the berries. Sometimes it will cause the blooms to freeze off and then basically, the plant has to start over. We have mostly good news. So, it looks like at this point we’re looking at 10-15 percent damage. So that’s really, really good. The bad news is that some can still continue to show signs of freeze damage, like later, so we’re still kind of monitoring them today. But as of right now, it looks really good.”
She later added for the season opener, “We should have plenty of strawberries. It doesn’t look like it’s going to hinder anything. So that’s really good news.”
Walla shared in the video that they had been out in the field picking all of the freeze damage off of the plants, so that the plants can recover better and put their energy into the berries that are not frozen. They still had plenty of good blooms and large berries that didn’t get any freeze damage.
To protect the plants the two nights it froze, Ruth Ann Schultze said they watered them at 3 a.m. to bring the temperature up.
“We have a well that has 70 degree water. There is no guarantee. You want to do everything you can, or then you can’t sleep at night. I am seeing some damage on the berries,” said Schultze.
Other methods farmers use include burning hay or using large plastic covers.
As Schultze said, “We will do whatever it takes.”
Two upcoming season opener events– one at Kosub Farms Strawberries this Saturday, March 16 and the other at KH Farm on Saturday, March 23, will
Strawberries Grand Opening
The public is invited to Kosub Farms Strawberries & Country Store Grand Opening this Saturday, March 16. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until sold out.
Kosub Farms Strawberries is located at 3425 Coble Rd. in Poteet.
This seventh generation family owned and operated farm will have pick-your-own, as well as fresh, picked for you strawberries available for purchase, berry items such as Poteet strawberry wine tasting, strawberry shortcake, strawberry jams, Rocking RK Rustics Handmade Jewelry, antiques, Wagner Family Genetics pulled pork tacos, hair bows and homemade soap. There will also be fun and games for the kids.
Kristell Perez said there will be plenty of photo opportunities, as the wildflowers are beautiful right now.
KH Farm Season Opener
KH Farm invites the public to their Strawberry Pick-Your-Own season opener on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
KH Farm is located at 200 W. Tank Hollow Rd. in Poteet.
Named in honor of Kenneth Hoffman who passed away in 2016, his family continues the berry tradition.
Along with strawberries, K H Farm will be selling their handmade jellies and jams, as well as their famous, irresistible Strawberry Nut Bread. Some of the vendors include Live Oak Coffee Company selling coffee and special flavored ice tea, decor by Country Creations, and the Poteet Country Winery. There will also be food vendors Luckey Red Eats & Treats and Brown Bag BB Q, children’s activities and games, music by Debbie & The Texas Weather band and more. Frog Prince Photography will also be at the event.