Whitesburg KY

The Way We Were

Letcher County’s strawberry industry lasted about three years in the 1950s. One who helped recalls the hard work.

In the mid 1950’s, the University of Kentucky, through its Cooperative Extension Service, organized a strawberry growing industry in Letcher and other counties of southeastern Kentucky. Local farmers grew strawberry patches, some an acre or more in size. The berries were shipped by truck to markets in large cities. At the advice of Letcher County’s then-UK Extension Agent Bob Fike, […]

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