Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Jones Family marks strawberry anniversary in Shelton

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SHELTON – This week, Terry Jones of Jones Family Farms will celebrate a tradition he began 50 years ago as a young teenager: setting out thousands of baby strawberry plants.

“I guess you might call it more of a ‘Strawberry Red Anniversary’ than the typical ‘Golden Anniversary’ that honors a half century of tradition,” said Jones.
 “Since it takes a year for the plants to begin production, it’s a two-year celebration. In 2013, we are recognizing the 50th anniversary of planting the ‘Queen of Fruits’ and 2014 will mark the 50th harvest!”

Jones remembers well that day, 50 years ago, when he set up the strawberry transplanter on his new Farmall 140 tractor (still in use today,) 

“My late aunt, Ruth Jones, and my cousin, Melissa, sat on the machine feeding the tiny strawberries into the plant pockets. From my vantage point on the tractor seat, I looked back down the row and they were all upside-down with the roots pointed skyward,” Jones chuckles. “We’ve learned a lot over the years!”

This post is taken from a press release from Jones Family Farms.

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