The FRESH Klicker Strawberry™ harvest is over!
What a year! Due to reduced available pickers, a regional drought, hail storm damage and a heat dome (a new term for our lexcon we hope to never repeat), this season saw the least number of flats harvested in over 40 years.
In our non-harvest season, we will celebrate the numerous blessings of the 2021 season, then plan and pray for a renewed and more abundant crop next summer. Thank you for your patronage and hope to have you back for fresh Klicker Strawberries™ in 2022.
Updates also available on Instagram @klickerstrawberries.
Fresh Klicker Strawberries™ generally are ready around June 1st and continue until the middle to late July. The majority of our strawberry acreage is located on our ranch property sitting at an elevation of 1000 feet. Other fields are located at increasing elevations in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, culminating with fields located on top of Klicker Mountain at 3800 feet. Not only do the different elevations spread the season out, it also spreads the risk. If one field gets damaged from frost or hail, another one may be spared.
The Klicker Family has been raising strawberries in the Walla Walla Valley since 1918. It began when brothers Del and Jake Klicker picked too many garden strawberries at their mother's Klicker Springs Hotel located in the Blue Mountains. Needing to dispose of the extras (a strawberry pie does not need 10 flats of strawberries!), the industrious brothers hitched their wagon to their horses and traveled 15 miles to town and immediately sold the strawberry flats for a premium price. They found out they could make more money selling their mom's garden strawberries than the family could earn housing hotel guests.
What began as a garden patch of strawberries grew into a full-time business that over the years has been blessed to have employed several generations of local youth.
Today, we (Kirk and Nancy) are the fourth generation of Klickers to raise June bearing strawberries and still employ primarily youth to harvest the crop. It is a joy for us to have the opportunity to give young people the chance to work and grow as individuals. We currently have approximately 25 acres of strawberries and employ around 150 workers, from ages 12 and up. Our field bosses and supervisors are all high school age and older who have earned their positions of leadership by working hard as pickers, displaying exemplary leadership skills, and earning the respect of their peers.