Strawberries are one of the most temperamental fruit crops to grow and the choice of varieties is extensive because individual varieties are often adapted to a relatively small growing region. The most commonly grown varieties in the northeastern U.S. are June-bearing types and new varieties are constantly being developed. We have sourced some of these locally-driven varietals from two Lancaster County Family farms: Lapp Family Farm (Lititz) and Stone Lane Farms (Columbia).
AC Wendy strawberry*, apple, basil, lemon, lime
Honeoye strawberry**, apple, rhubarb, lavender, lemon, lime
Taste JuneEarliglow strawberry***, watermelon, lemon
Varieties in Today's Strawberry FlightSome information about the history and growing characteristics of the strawberry varietals we selected. The following information is sourced from Cornell University's College of Horticulture (2012).AC Wendy* (Nova Scotia) produces large blocky/conic fruit with very good quality and flavor and higher yields than most early season varieties. Ripening tends to be uneven leaving white tips and/or shoulders. Establishment of new plantings has been uneven. It is susceptible to leaf spot late in the season.Honeoye** (Cornell University, NY) has reigned as the yield king for many years and produces an abundance of large, attractive, firm, berries that are suitable for all markets. Closer to an early midseason, the look of this berry sells it, but taste is the major drawback as it can be tart and can develop disagreeable aftertastes when over ripe or in heavy soils. It is susceptible to red stele disease but is manageable.Earliglow*** (USDA, MD) is still considered the best tasting berry around. Primary berries are large and attractive and are suitable for retail or wholesale. Berry weight drops off quickly after the primary berries and yields are relatively low. It is susceptible to powdery mildew after harvest.Image credit to Wikimedia Commons