Wishnatzki Farms in Plant City will open up part of a 40-acre strawberry field to food banks, and to the public, for a day of free picking this Saturday.
The picking runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fields, 2500 Sparkman Road in Plant City.
"We are working with Feeding America Tampa Bay (formerly America's Second Harvest of Tampa Bay) to ensure this event benefits those who need it most," said Gary Wishnatzki, president of Wishnatzki Farms.
The Plant City-based strawberry grower is also asking those who come to make a minimum $1 donation to Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA). RCMA is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides child care and early education for rural, low-income working families.
At the event, Wishnatzki Farms will provide participants with boxes that can hold up to 10 pounds of strawberries (flats).
With the sudden glut of strawberries, prices have dropped and many farmers are currently having difficulty harvesting them profitably. In this economy, letting people come pick their own strawberries for free is a positive alternative.