LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WXOW) – An unseasonably cold spring and recent heavy rainfall could have been detrimental to Kathan's Homestead Berry Farm, but despite the poor weather, after a near two-week delay, the farm is ready for harvest, and continues to attract hundreds of pickers.
“If the weather is cooperating, it's a fun job,” farm Owner Jeff Kathan said.
Kathan credits the changing weather for the late start to harvesting season. “It's a shorter season than normal because we got a late start and then the heat and the amount of rain we've had. Every year is different,” Kathan said.
With the delay, Kathan describes this year's crop as “average”, even though it keeps pickers coming—and returning.
“I just like the strawberries from here and I remember coming here as a kid, so I knew it'd be good,” La Crescent resident Jake Sheffer said.
On Saturday, Sheffer, 25, was picking strawberries at Kathan's farm for the first time in 15 years. “Me, my brother, my sister would come with my mom. I remember as kids, we'd always just keeping eating them,” Sheffer said.
Sheffer said Kathan's Berries always beats the supermarket. “This way you know they're fresh and you know where they come from, and it's relaxing to come out here and pick,” Sheffer said.
Kathan said people continue to come back and pick strawberries at his farm because of the family-friendly nature of the business, and the great taste and quality of their berries.
Strawberry picking at Kathan's Homestead farm will finish next week. The farm will re-open to the public in late August for Raspberry picking. If you'd like to learn more information about Kathan's Berries, visit www.kathansberries.com.
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