CORNELIUS, Ore. – Oregon’s prized Hood strawberry season is in full swing, and if you love the Hood variety, you know the season doesn’t last long.
The Hood variety is not the state’s most-grown, because the season only lasts a few weeks. But it is arguably the most loved because of its sweet flavor and soft texture.
“It’s got a great flavor, it’s one of our oldest varieties: it’s been around almost 50 years. And they really haven’t been able to come up with another variety that comes close to this one,” said Will Unger.
Unger is a fourth generation Washington County farmer whose family has grown berries for decades.
Farm workers are picking quickly at their farm, where they have 18 acres planted to Hood Strawberries.
“Oh yeah, sunny,” said Margarita Tello, who added, “Sunny is good for blackberries, blueberries, strawberries.”
It’s hot work, but the sunshine has come and stayed at just the right time.
“Well we’ve had probably the most favorable spring we could have this year… just overall great conditions, you couldn’t ask for anything better,” said Unger.
Unger Farms sells from the farm and at farmers markets. It also supplies most New Seasons Markets with Hood strawberries.