OUT & ABOUT: Lyman Orchards prepares for strawberry season, festival

MIDDLEFIELD — Lyman Orchards will hold its annual Strawberry Fest later this month, kicking off a summer full of events and fruit picking. 

“The Strawberry Fest is really an opportunity for us to invite our guests to come out to the farm and just have a fun-filled day, communing with mother nature, picking great strawberries, having fun, listen to live music, take horse-drawn wagon rides, and of course enjoying strawberry flavored treats,” said Lyman Orchards spokesperson Tim Burt.

The June 15 festival will also feature music from Presley & Taylor, a sibling country duo from Middlefield.

Their original “song selection reflects the good things in life centered on real life experiences, faith, hope and love,” according to their website. 

“They're recording new albums consistently and I expect them to explode onto the national charts very soon,” Burt said. 

Activities start around 8 a.m. with breakfast on the deck and continue until about 3 p.m.

The 2019 American Honey Queen, Hannah Sjostrom, will talk about the importance of honeybees to local agriculture and health.

Kids will be able to make beeswax candles with her. 

“Without the honeybee, we don't have fruits, we don't have vegetables,” Burt said. 

Sjostrom is traveling the country to spread the message on behalf of the American Beekeeping Federation.

 Burt said the next fruit to be ready will be raspberries in early July, followed by blueberries.

Strawberries cover almost seven acres of the orchards and the season typically lasts about three to four weeks, he said.  

Pick your own strawberries will also be available this weekend, on a limited basis.

Burt said the crop is a little delayed this year because of the cooler, rainy weather. More information on Pick Your Own is available on the Lyman Orchards website.

On June 22, the orchards will host Food Trucks on the Farm, highlighting food trucks and craft beers from the region, including Spuds Your Way and Bruno Bros. Kettle Corn. 

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