The Strawberries are Coming - Stands Getting Ready
The strawberries are almost ready! The first fruits of the season, strawberries will be distributed as soon as possible.
Scott's Strawberry and Tomato Farms announced employees will begin picking the crop today. The local family-owned enterprise is based in Unicoi County, Tennesse
Steve Scott says the crop is ready or getting there. The crop just needs a bit more sunshine. This year the regional strawberry provider will limit sales to its own retail stands. They are foregoing distribution at local grocers as in past years. Some of the reasoning deals with COVID-19.
Scott's Farms hope the berries will be readily available at a few of their retail stands and Farm Market by the weekend. They are pushing for this weekend if the weather will cooperate.
Scott tells the Johnson City Press - "We probably won't get every single stand open by this weekend, but by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, we hope to be in Knoxville and have everything going full speed."
The farms usually begin harvesting the crop in early May and continue until mid-June when the plants stop producing. They normally harvest around 4,000 gallons of fruit. The harvest is a local boon to the community.
Unicoi works with the farm in preparation for Unicoi Strawberry Festival on the 15th. The town recently renamed the festival the "Wayne Scott Strawberry Festival." The move honors Steve's Father and founder of the farm that inspired the festival.
The festival is a good day for the farm and the town. There is plenty to see, do, and eat. Everyone typically has a very good time.
Wayne Scott was a high school agriculture teacher. He had a dream of putting theory from the classroom into practice. He founded the Scott Strawberry & Tomato Farms, Inc. in 1959. He and his wife Mary Lou built a reputable operation. Their farm is known for quality strawberries, tomatoes, beans, and corn.
Their five children grew up working the farm. Three of their children earned an education degree. The other two earned degrees in Horticulture and Agriculture. Three of the siblings now work on the farm, with the other two continuing their careers in education.
Steve and David Scott joined their parents in the business, joined by their sister Carole later on. They work hard to maintain the standards established by their parents.
Scott's Strawberry & Tomato Farms sells produce to wholesale and retail markets. While strawberry sales remain local/regional, their tomatoes are shipped around the country. They maintain a produce market in Unicoi where they sell fresh-picked items from the farm.
The strawberries are picked daily and sold at their stands from Knoxville to Bristol. Call their office or visit the strawberry page on their website (Scottsfarmstn.com) for current information.
Scott’s Farm Market opened in 2015. As they also sell some produce from their neighbors, their motto is “If we didn’t grow it we know who did”.
Strawberry nutrition facts:
- One cup has 50 calories.
- They are a great source of vitamin C.
- They are high in folic acid (a B vitamin).
Retail stand locations
- Bristol - Volunteer Parkway at Holston Avenue
- Elizabethton - 101 Hudson Drive in the West Town Plaza
- Greeneville - Andrew Johnson Highway (next to the Rice Box restaurant)
- Johnson City - The Mall at Johnson City (in the JC Penny parking lot)
- Colonial heights - Fort Henry Drive (across from Hardee's)
- Kingsport - 1913 Sherwood Road (Southland Shopping Center)
- Knoxville/Clinton - In the Hammers parking lot
- Knoxville/Halls - Maynardville Highway (Halls Shopping Center)
- Morristown - 2550 E Morris Blvd (College Square Mall)
- Unicoi - Scott's Farm Market (Scott Road and Limestone Cove Road)
The Scott's Farms Market will open for the 2021 season today! May 6, 2021
Hours are 9-6 Monday through Friday and 9-5 on Saturdays (closed Sundays).