EAST BEND — Strawberry season has arrived in Yadkin County. On Saturday, the field at Scooterbug’s Strawberries, at 3321 Wooten Farm Road, was full of folks picking the sweetest, juiciest berries from the patch. Scooterbug’s opened a few weeks ago and should be open through the end of May.
Rachel Wooten, daughter of Chuck Wooten, the farm’s owner, just returned home from NC State where she’s a student and went straight to work at the berry patch.
“It was packed on Friday and it’s been non-stop today, too,” Wooten said. On Saturdays many customers choose to pick their own berries for $7.50 per gallon. Pre-picked berries are available for $9.50 per gallon.
Scooterbug’s opened more than a week early for this year’s strawberry season and customers have been flocking in to get their share.
“We got started early this year which has been a blessing and the weather’s been great,” Chuck Wooten said. He added that he was grateful to have help from his daughter to ring in sales and other duties at the farm.
“I’m awfully lucky that I’ve got a college girl that will come home and help out,” he said.
Pies and jellies are some of the most common strawberry delights that customers say they are planning to make with their berries, Rachel Wooten said. Despite being surrounded by strawberries, Wooten said, she can’t get enough. She said it’s a special treat when customers return to the farm to share some of the strawberry goodness they have made.
“Our fridge is usually full with pies and cakes and jams and jellies, but I love it,” she said. “I can eat these all day.”
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.