THE first punnets of strawberries were available to buy at the Brooke Farm shop in Linby (pictured) — just in time to fit in with Wimbledon’s strawberry and cream image.
The delays were caused by the recent bad weather and this also had an impact on the sale of bedding plants at the centre, which is run by Notts County Council.
These plants have been available since April and they have included geraniums, marigolds, fuchsias and begonias.
Brooke Farm manager Ian Holland explained: “Last year we had an early flurry of sales in early spring as the weather was good. But this year sales have been slower and only started to pick up in May.
“We would like to remind local people that we still have plenty of bedding plants available for sale.
“Most of our vegetables are not available until later this summer but in the meantime we could certainly do with more sun to give them a much-needed boost.”
Brooke Farm is a commercial enterprise growing vegetables and plants for sale to the public. The farm employs staff with mixed abilities and offers training to people with disabilities.
The farm shop offers a range of home-grown produce for sale, also including free-range eggs, seasonal vegetables, salad and fruit, along with locally-sourced products such as bread, milk, preserves, pickles, cakes and biscuits.
The farm shop is located on Linby’s Main Street and it is open to the public on Monday to Thursday 8 am to 3.45 pm, Friday 8 am to 3.15 pm and Saturday 8 am to 3 pm.