44 Years of Strawberry Picking at Strawberry Acres
Folks in the area may be familiar with the iconic Strawberry Acres farmstand located on Route 67 in Buskirk, NY and may remember going there as kids in the 60s and 70s before u-pick strawberries became popular. Strawberry Acres was started in 1961 when George and Joan LeBarron began growing strawberries on less than a tenth of an acre of land on their front lawn. Over the next 10 years, the LeBarrons expanded the home farm to 55 acres. The strawberry business flourished under the meticulous eye of George and by the late 1970's George and Joan were farming 100 acres and employing 100 people. In 1996 the LeBarrons decided to discontinue the farming operation and closed up the farmstand. For several years, the farm was rented out to a neighboring farmer until the LeBarron's grandson, Quinton, decided to purchase the farm.
“My goal when I first bought the farm was to grow strawberries as my grandparents did for many years,” said Quinton. He grows six different varieties of strawberries that are generally ready for picking around June 10th. Customers have the option to pick their own or purchase pre-picked berries at the farmstand. Picking is by the quart with strawberry baskets provided free of charge and 8-quart carriers available for larger quantities. In addition, Quinton’s wife, Kendra, bakes fresh biscuits every morning to furnish the farmstand and his grandmother, Joan, keeps the stand open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday during strawberry season.
With a 35 year history of growing strawberries, employees and customers have fond memories of picking strawberries with George and Joan. They return year after year to share stories about working on the farm as kids and making a special trip to the farm. Quinton is sentimental about carrying on his grandparent’s business and offering customers a strawberry picking experience they can share with their children. “Parents with young children can bring them back and show them here is what I did when I was a kid. I really appreciate everyone that comes and keeps coming back," said Quinton.
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