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September 21, 2018

Historical Society To Highlight ‘Oswego Berries’


OSWEGO TOWN, NY – Strawberry farming will be the topic of the next Oswego Town Historical Society meeting on June 20.

The topic will focus on the strawberry industry in Oswego Town.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Dairy, muck and fruit farming once was the backbone of Oswego Town’s economy.

Today, dairy is pretty much gone, but muck and fruit farming is still quite prevalent.

Peach, pear, apple, cherry (sour and sweet) once dotted the town’s landscape … and strawberries!

For 70 years or more, the strawberry industry was big for Oswego Town.

Oswego berries were well known and asked for in the New York City markets.

Some of the larger patches were owned by the Brownell (now Fruit Valley Orchards), Doyle and Gleason families.

At one time, there would be 3,000 or 4,000 crates sold in a day in Oswego alone.

The public is cordially invited to attend this open forum.

Those who might have worked on the mucks, in the orchards or picking strawberries are welcome to come and share a story or two.

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