UPDATE: 5/22/14 8:17 PM
Bringing an interest in agriculture back to the area, Stacy Farm moves to Reno, excited for this new chapter.
"We thought this was the opportunity to improve,” says Owner Bill Stacy. “The soil types out here are phenomenal, for strawberries it's all sand."
The fifth generation of Stacy Family Farming decides the business is ready to expand -- to a 92-acre tree farm they purchased from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
"It took about a two-year process for us to put the whole package together and get the support of the community,” Stacy says. “Reno wanted this out here. We really want to be part of the neighborhood and part of the Ohio Valley for what we have to offer."
Despite a rough few months, the crops hold tight.
"I’m sure we all know about the winter, how cold it was, but everything came through real good -- we're running a little bit behind but we still look to peak,” Stacy says. “The picking'll be plentiful and easy."
What wicked winter – seems like a distant memory now that the fruits of this family farm pay off.
"Kind of a slow start as far as that goes, we're just doing strawberries this year,” Stacy says.
“We'll have a few blueberries, they're in the ground growing now -- and eventually we want to grow into blackberries and brambles and raspberries."
It'll be a coup for the area -- in the form of visitors galore to the farm.
“Reno wanted this out here, Stacy says. We really want to be part of the neighborhood and part of the Ohio Valley for what we have to offer."
With the help some local teachers, the farm started offering educational field trips 16 years ago.
That first trip has since developed into 1,800 kids visiting the farm each year.
After years in Oak Grove, Stacy Farm makes a move -- to Reno, where there is far more room for growth on their new property.
The farm was purchased from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the former State Tree Nursery and this is their first week with U-Pick strawberries and educational field trips at the new location.
Owner Bill Stacy says the area's sandy soil is optimal for growing strawberries.
“About a two-year process for us to put the whole package together and get the support of the community,” he says. “Reno wanted this out here. We really want to be part of the neighborhood and part of the Ohio Valley for what we have to offer.”
Stacy says it's kind of a slow start, they're mainly doing strawberries this year.
They'll have a few blueberries -- and eventually want to grow into blackberries, brambles and raspberries.