Zone 6b, SW MO.Joanne S
We planted 25 of these earlier last spring, so this is their second year of harvesting. WOW!! They sure produce a lot! Excellent flavor. Large berries. Lots of runners to share with friends &/or make more beds.
We cover the beds with a nylon netting to keep the birds out, add compost, and of course, straw to keep the berries out of the mud. We were also sure to properly care for the beds in the fall and winter. [We've been growing strawberries for several years, but decided to start new at the new property]
We bought Earliglow at the same time (also 25 plants) - they are very excellent, too, however I prefer these Flavorfest over the Earliglow since the larger berries are easier to harvest.
Preserving: so far I've been freezing AND freeze drying. Both methods work great for both varieties we have.
Thanks for the great products! We are very pleased with all of our purchases.
These are the biggest, most flavorful, beautiful strawberries I've ever seen. I sold at a farm stand and one person called before they left the driveway as they wanted more. Organic grown. I've just never seen strawberries like this or tasted anything like it. Our Honeoeye were inconsistent with flavor as some are sweet and some tart. Sparkle are a nice old flavor, just a bit smaller and run like crazy. Flavorfest doesn't get super aggressive with runners which I like. The area is on the clay side and amended with compost and straw. Unfortunately not as much water as I would prefer, but these are still amazing. It did seem like year 2 after planting (so a year 3 plant?) was not as flavorful and the babies from the previous year had the nice flavor. So I may relocate runners to new beds.Shere H
Wow, flavor and size with great production first year. Coming in heavy now, just as our Early Glow begins to fade. Very good flavor, not quite as good as Early Glow but berries are 4x the size.CornDoc