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Saturday January 25th, 2020 2:31PM

After 26 years, Atlanta-area strawberry farm to close

By The Associated Press

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — After 26 years an Atlanta area strawberry farm, where visitors have picked their own berries, is closing.

WSB-TV reports Washington Farms, which operates in Oconee and Walton counties, is shutting down operations. There's no word on why or when is the farm's final day.

John Washington says he'll never forget when he told his wife, Donna, he was done with dress shirts and neckties and was starting a new career as a strawberry farmer. At the time, he says he didn't know it's one of the most difficult crops to grow.

Still, the couple established Washington Farms and tended annually to 230,000 strawberry plants across 14 acres (5.7 hectares). And every year, visitors drove in to pick them.

Longtime customer Susan Breda says the farm will be missed.

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Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html

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