Madisonville Strawberry farmers protect fruit from cold

Madisonville Strawberry farmers protect fruit from cold using ice

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Workers at Strawberry Knob Farms in Madisonville are working round the clock to make sure enough strawberries will be ready for you to pick and eat next month. Workers at Strawberry Knob Farms in Madisonville are working round the clock to make sure enough strawberries will be ready for you to pick and eat next month.
As long as the air is cold enough, the farm's sprinklers will be on full blast, forming a thin layer of ice around the delicate white blooms and ensuring they will still be able to turn into strawberries when the time is right. As long as the air is cold enough, the farm's sprinklers will be on full blast, forming a thin layer of ice around the delicate white blooms and ensuring they will still be able to turn into strawberries when the time is right.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

MADISONVILLE (WATE) - It's been a chilly start to spring this past week in East Tennessee and that's causing problems for some farmers. Workers at Strawberry Knob Farms in Madisonville are working round the clock to make sure enough strawberries will be ready for you to pick and eat next month.

The sun is shining, but don't let that fool you. As long as the air is cold enough, the farm's sprinklers will be on full blast, forming a thin layer of ice around the delicate white blooms and ensuring they will still be able to turn into strawberries when the time is right.

"As that liquid is freezing. That process, it will actually release heat and that will keep them from being damaged," said farmer Mark Fioravanti.

He has a full time job already, as an engineer at ORNL, but his three-acre strawberry operation is pretty time-consuming.

"You can get frost at 38 degrees, so I'm constantly watching the weather and protecting them," he said.

If all goes as planned, the first strawberries should be ready to pick toward the end of April and you'll be able to pick through the end of June.

You can call Strawberry Knob Farms starting the middle of April at (423) 836-1133 or watch their website to find out when the fruit will be ready to pick.

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