From now until the May 8 festival we are featuring a series of Virtual Farm Visits to the strawberry farms of Adair County Growers. County Extension Director Jennifer Patterson is going to the strawberry patches in Adair County and talking to the growers about all things strawberry. Find out how our champion berries are planted, grown, and harvested. Did the recent hard freeze damage the berries? How many berries do they expect to harvest and when? How many strawberry plants to they have?
The first Virtual Farm visit is to Miller Farms where Bryce Miller, president of the Adair County Strawberry Growers Association, and his sons Mason and Ryan, tell us how they grow those beautiful berries. Click on the link below to learn about Adair County berries and keep watching this space for the next visit!
The 2020 Virtual Strawberry Auction set two records.
This year marked the first time in the festival's 73 year old history that the auction was held online using Zoom for bidders and Facebook for those who wanted to watch the livestream of the event. And for those who missed it--the complete auction is available on YouTube, the Stilwell Strawberry Festival and Stilwell Kiwanis Facebook pages, and on this website and has been shared on multiple social media sites as well.
Secondly, and the best news, is that the auction set a new sales record of over $21,000! This number includes the complete flats of eight quarts that were sold as well as the individual quart sales. The sales prices for the flats are listed elsewhere on this page.
The auction was held on the traditional festival day of the second Saturday in May since the fresh berries will not be available on the festival rescheduled date of September 19. Due to the Covid19 restrictions there were fewer than 10 persons in the sales room at any time. Thanks to New Life Church for letting Kiwanis use their broadcast facilities for the auction.
Watch the first virtual strawberry auction in the 73 year history of the Stilwell Strawberry Festival