In about one hour, Don Kruse, owner of Skagit Sun Farm, will be opening his fruit stand for the summer in Laurelhurst, selling a variety of berries, starting today with strawberries.
The stand is located in the parking lot on the southeast corner of NE 45th Street and 36th Avenue NE, next to Flooring America, where Bob's Bike and Board used to be.
Don will be selling a variety of fresh, local berries at his stand with a proceed from each sale going to the Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Look for the sandwich board on the sidewalk and pull into the parking lot right next to it. Hours will be 10-5pm seven days a week throughout the summer.
Heaterh, who is setting up and working at the stand today, just told us that a variety of strawberries, called shuksan and albion strawberries, are currently on their way.
The berries will sell for $4 for one basket, $10 for 6 baskets and $15 for a crate of 12 baskets with a $1 from each sale going to Children's Hospital.
Skagit Sun Farm, which sells at Metropolitan Market, grows over eighteen different varieties of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries in the Skagit Valley at Kruse Farms. Many of the varieties they grow have been around so long they are considered heirloom.
Don sent us this list of what to expect this summer at his stand starting with strawberries available now, then raspberries in early July, blackberries in mid July and blueberries in early August.
Don's website says "We take an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) approach to farming. We feel through monitoring and proper cultivation techniques the use of chemicals can be kept to an absolute minimum."
Sarah setting up the stand this morning