CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -
For the first time in 30 years, Chesterfield Berry Farm will not be allowing visitors to come and pick strawberries.
The farm's owner says a long winter filled with snow storms prevented a lot of blooms from producing strawberries and a recent storm that produced hail cut down on volume even more.
"We agonized over this but we want to do what's best for the customer and make sure they have a great experience," says Shannon Mangnuson.
Mangnuson says picking strawberries has become an annual tradition for people across the area and that every year, like their crops, the event has continued to grow.
"There's some weekends in the past that we've had like 10,000 people down there and it's just gotten bigger and bigger and bigger."
But they're hopeful next year will be just as great as it's been in the past.
Just because you can't pick strawberries at the farm doesn't mean that there won't be future events. The Farm hopes that people can pick blackberries by the beginning of June and that the pumpkin crop in the fall isn't' affected as well.