Summer starts early as Spooner Farms' strawberry season begins

Berries hit stands nearly two weeks ahead of schedule

Staff writerJune 2, 2014 

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Strawberries on display at the Spooner Strawberry Farms stand along Yelm Highway in Olympia on Thursday, June 13, 2013.

TONY OVERMAN — Staff photographer file, 2013 Buy Photo

Summer has made an early appearance in the Puyallup Valley as Spooner Farms announced the start of strawberry season last week.

“They’re some of the most beautiful berries we’ve ever grown,” said Jeana Zedoff, manager of Spooner’s main farm location off state Route 162. “They’re just gorgeous.”

Strawberry season typically doesn’t start until sometime in June. 

Zedoff said that this year's season is starting about 10 days earlier than normal, thanks to the right combination of lots of rain and lots of sunshine.

The early start comes a year after the longest running strawberry season in Spooner’s history, Zedoff said.

Typically, strawberries stop growing before the beginning of raspberry season around July 4. 

But last year they lasted deep into July. Zedoff said it was the first time strawberries, raspberries and blueberries were growing simultaneously since Spooner’s got its start in 1882.

It’s too early to tell if that could happen again this year.

“It’s all up to Mother Nature,” Zedoff said. “Everything looks beautiful in the fields, but things can change overnight.”

She said the earlier start won’t affect the length of the season, and it appears other berries will follow the trend of popping up sooner than usual.

Zedoff said the obvious benefit of the earlier season is pleasing customers  who “wait around all year for the berries.”

Spooner’s is a household name in the South Sound. Six generations have continued to usher in summer in the Puyallup Valley at the family-owned business. 

“It’s what makes summer here,” Zedoff said.

Spooner’s strawberries are sold around the region. 

The main farm is at 9710 state Route 162 East in Puyallup and there are two farm stands: One off East Main in Puyallup and another at Orting Kapowsin Highway and Calistoga Avenue in Orting.

Spooner’s also participates in the Steilacoom, Puyallup and Tacoma farmers markets. Wholesalers also purchase the berries to sell at various retailers around the Puget Sound, including Stadium Thriftway in Tacoma. 


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