Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A bit of English strawberry history and The Berry Farm

Our new sign
I love Great Britain!  I wish I'd known I would be the wife of a strawberry grower when I was traveling throughout that beautiful land.  I'd certainly have visited "The Strawberry Line".  What does this have to do with our farm?   

We are amazed and blessed that so many of you want Jeff's strawberries.  But, since we are a rather small farm, we are introducing our own "Strawberry Line". 
Please call (270.468.0110), text, email (, or message me on Facebook with your order amount and phone number.  We will call the next person on the list as the berries come out of the field to see if they want them.  We hope you will understand - this seemed the only fair way to try to get strawberries to the most people fairly.  

Jeff suggested growing more acres of strawberries.  I suggested he get another wife!  He thought one was more than enough!

We do love everyone we meet at the farm.  You all have such interesting, fun, amazing lives and we thank you for sharing them with us :)

The West Country is amazing for walks and there are few better than this one.  The Strawberry Line was an affectionate name given to the railway track that ran between Yatton, Cheddar, Wells and Shepton Mallet, and on to Cranmore and beyond to Witham.
Part of the Great Western Railway, the Strawberry Line was completed in 1869. It became an important line for passengers and freight carrying dairy produce, stone, and of course, the famous Cheddar strawberries from which it takes its name. Victorian railway engineers completed a section of track which connected the Cheddar Valley settlements to Bristol. This brought huge benefits to the local economy opening up lucrative London markets to locally grown produce.
Renown for their quality strawberries grown on the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills, an army of strawberry growers and pickers fed the tables of the capital with this wonderful early season fruit for nearly a century. The Cheddar Valley Railway Line line soon became known affectionately as “The Strawberrry Line” but finally closed in 1965.
The route from Yatton to Cheddar is about 10 miles long and surrounded by amazing countryside.  This is well worth the trip and with strawberry picking time coming up there is no better time to do it!!!!

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