We never pick in the rain – either our pickers for our store or pick your own.  We explain that we have a no spray policy and picking in the rain is a perfect way to spread botrytis and anthracnose through the planting.


Dale Ila Riggs

The Berry Patch

Stephentown NY


From: Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Stony Loam Farm
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:18 PM
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Subject: strawberry picking in the rain?


I had a CSA member challenge me today about our policy of not allowing members to pick when it's raining.  I have the policy because that's the way I learned, but in looking around on the web I didn't readily find much science that supports this.  Can anybody offer any or are others picking in the rain without issue?  Any thoughts, experience appreciated.

Dave Quickel
Stony Loam Farm
P.O. Box 282, Charlotte VT 05445

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