Rabbits in the patch! The straw that broke the camel’s back! Yes it’s the time to grow strawberries in Tasmania and the farm’s patch was doing very well until those not-so-cute Beatrix Potter-inspired characters paid a visitor and ate all the flowers. Farmer Nick hopes the strawberries will bounce back – and so might the rabbits!
Did you know? Victoria (32%) and Queensland (33%) are the biggest strwberry-producing states in Australia. Victoria’s season is October to May and Queensland’s is June to October. Tasmania’s crops are only 2% of Australia’s overall production – Tassie’s season offically runs from November to February. There are over 620 growers Australia-wide (2005 figures)*.