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Aquidneck Island’s Sweet Berry Farm is entering its 39th season offering pick-your-own strawberries. The fields will be open to the public starting Sunday, June 9th.
Sweet Berry Farm’s strawberries are known for their unique brightness and flavor. The variety was specifically chosen for its sweetness and bright red color.
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of when Sweet Berry Farm owners Jan and Michelle Eckhart began growing their own strawberries and Christmas trees part-time as a hobby. They later expanded the farm to its current footprint in 1996 with the help of the Aquidneck Land Trust. Even though much has changed on the farm since the days of their roadside strawberry stand, the couple maintains their passion for local farming and community.
“We always look forward to this time of year, and our customers do, too,” shares Jan Eckhart, co-owner, Sweet Berry Farm in an announcement. “It’s fun for families to return each summer to enjoy the berries, the farm market, and spending time together. We’re happy to be a part of that and are anticipating an excellent picking season.”
The farm’s kitchen will be preparing baked goods made with Sweet Berry’s freshly picked strawberries. Strawberry-themed items will include delicious options from strawberry scones, strawberry bread and strawberry jam to a customer favorite: a build-your-own strawberry shortcake kit complete with house-made shortcakes, whipping cream, and a pint of fresh strawberries.
The public is invited to pick strawberries or take home pre-picked berries available in the farm market. Updates will be posted on Sweet Berry Farm’s website.