Wold Strawberries opened their season Tuesday, June 16 to a crowd of eager berry pickers. “It’s a beautiful day,” remarked fifth generation family farmer Melissa Wold. 

Within the first four hours, Wold noted around 300 people at the Mabel, Minn. farm. It was an excellent start to a season helped by the late spring. “It’s making all the berries ripen at the same time,” said Wold. It also allowed the Wold family to prepare for the season and the new adaptations needed for COVID-19. 

Though Minnesota has imposed many regulations, none apply to fruit farms like Wold Strawberries. “For fruit farms, there’s not even state guidelines. We made up our own,” said Wold. 

Read more in Decorah Newspapers Intern Erica Bouska's story in Tuesday's  Driftless Journal.