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  • Nice presentation of the berries, note the small calyx.
    Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

    A very special friend of our family celebrated an important birthday this past week, and brought over two of the chocolate covered strawberries she received as a present on this big day. If you can believe it, I had never eaten this delicacy before -...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Odd stippling on tops of leaves of primocane blackberry.
    I'm Stuck

    Here's one for all of you that I just can't figure out.  Symptoms (see Photo 1 below) are on fruiting primocane blackberry, under tunnels.  Maybe 5% of leaves affected, mostly limited to the bottom third of the hedgerow but issue does...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Seinfeld on Remote Comedy

    A number of you may have heard by now about the op ed by Jerry Seinfeld in the New York Times (the "newspaper of record" as it were) as a response to an article saying how NYC will never come back post Covid.  He loves New York, and makes a...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Ashes scattered all over the leaves.
    Ashes

    In case any of you are wondering what the strawberries look like right now with the fires close by (about 30 miles away) burning, I took some pictures of one of the test plots I happened to be harvesting this afternoon. Influence is negligible, a bit of...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Softened fruit by heat has rendered it susceptible to vinegar flies, of which a maggot is clearly visible.
    Roasting August Heat Creates a Wonderland of Pathologies in Strawberry

    Hi folks, I've had some questions lately on how the summer heat has been affecting strawberries, so I thought I'd get some pictures together and accompany them with some comments and insight. Bottom line is that the heat is really killing the...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries