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Winter’s wrath cancels Chesterfield Berry Farm picking

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

For the first time in more than 30 years, the Chesterfield Berry Farm has canceled public berry picking, after the fall and winter of 2013-2014 proved too frigid for slumbering seeds.

The Farm will have enough produce to send to market, but not enough strawberries survived for the multitude of families expected to visit the Moseley farm this year.

"We spent weeks up all night, trying to keep the blooms from freezing," said Shannon Mangnuson, general manager of the Chesterfield Berry Farm. "The blooms would fall so we would lose them… And it just kept being so cold."

Strawberry crops are planted in the fall, with farmers taking meticulous care of fields until blooming season in February or March. The colder than average temperatures ruined enough berries to the point where Mangnuson thought the picking experience would also be ruined.

"People are used to just walking out and they're everywhere," Mangnuson said.  "We just don't feel right about inviting customers out with the crop not plentiful enough to have a good experience."

The good news – there will be no price hikes from the Berry Farm because of lower than expected supply.

Fresh pre-picked strawberries will still be available at Chesterfield Berry Farm Market, found in Brandermill Market Square. Strawberry Season tickets can be used for the Farm's 2014 Pumpkin Season.

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