It’s strawberry season in the Commonwealth and a mild winter has led to a very impressive crop this year. To assist pick-your-own (PYO) strawberry farms and individual farm stands during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has posted guidance on the department’s website.
The includes onsite and educational recommendations business owners can implement to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect employees and patrons. Additional social distancing and operational information is available within the document.
“I encourage strawberry lovers and health-conscious consumers to support their local producers and Virginia’s economy by purchasing fresh, Virginia grown strawberries from a nearby farm, farmers’ market, roadside stand or grocery store,” said Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, VDACS Commissioner. “Consumers can find local strawberry pick-your-own farms and retailers by searching .”
Consumers should call PYO farms before traveling to learn how they are operating this year. When visiting a PYO farm or farm stand, be sure to practice social distancing and follow statewide safety guidelines.