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Loganville strawberry patch plans mid-April opening

In this file photo, Mallorie McCollough, left, and Missiyah Breda take a break from strawberry picking and eat what they’ve picked at Washington Farms off Grayson Highway in Loganville. (File Photo)

In this file photo, Mallorie McCollough, left, and Missiyah Breda take a break from strawberry picking and eat what they’ve picked at Washington Farms off Grayson Highway in Loganville. (File Photo)

The opening of Washington Farms’ strawberry patch depends on the weather, and the cold temperatures experienced in March will make strawberry pickers wait a few weeks longer before filling their gallon buckets.

John Washington, owner of Washington Farms, says it’s difficult to predict the exact date that the strawberry patch will be open because it all depends on the plants and the weather, and it has been extremely cold so far this season.

“This past week was the first pretty one with temperatures in the high 70s and lows in the 50s,” Washington said, “Strawberries love that kind of weather. The plants look great, and the blossoms look good. The strawberries are getting ready to burst open.”

The predicted opening date is somewhere around the end of the second week or the beginning of the third week of April. Washington advises those interested in visiting the patch to regularly check the Washington Farms website or find Washington Farms on Facebook because they will be providing daily updates on the opening date.

He also advises people to come out as close to the opening date as possible because that’s the peak of the season, and it’s much quicker to pick and fill a gallon bucket than later in the season.

“I love seeing families spending time together talking and picking strawberries and leaving behind their TVs and Ipods,” Washington said.

Washington Farms offers pick-your-own strawberry patches at both Loganville and Watkinsville locations. For more information about Washington Farms and strawberry picking, visit washingtonfarms.net.