Strawberry farm announces closure due to heavy rain

Strawberry farm announces closure due to heavy rain
Gallmeyer Farms has closed its strawberry patch.

Heavy rain has forced a popular strawberry farm in Richmond to shut down for the season.

Gallmeyer Farm has closed its patch due to 20 inches of rain that led to what the farm described as "devastating crop loss."

The closure was announced on Facebook and came one day after a post saying there were still plenty of strawberries to be picked, but they had to be searched for.

"As farmers we make our plans and we do the work to prepare for a successful crop but this season reminds us that there are powers greater than us," the post said.

Another post a few hours later said the farm had gone through its toughest season ever after dealing with frost damage, insects, poor pollination and excessive rain, which causes the fruit to rot.

When the farm closes, the produce moves to Gallmeyer Farms Veggie Stand at 4506 Millers Lane. The veggie stand will open June 5 with season produce, including sweet corn and honey.

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