Jennifer Mathews-Santulli gave birth to her third daughter, Sarabeth, only hours after picking strawberries at Washington Farms.

“We got the idea to go strawberry picking even though I was 9-months pregnant,” said Mathews-Santulli. “Sure enough, after bending and picking all day, that night I went into labor. And she came out with unexpected auburn hair!”

Upon her birth, Sarabeth Mathews-Santulli was nicknamed “Sara Strawberry.”

Her mother shared this story last week after hearing that this is the last season of strawberry production at Washington Farms.

“Donna and I have reached the age where we desire to simplify our lives and slow down a bit,” said owner John Washington. “We will still have all of our fall activities with the pumpkin patch, corn maze, sunflowers and all of our farm activities.

In 1992, the Washingtons were approached by their late friend Coleman Whitehead about purchasing land on Mars Hill Road to grow strawberries on a massive scale. Later, they moved their farm to Hog Mountain Road and opened up a farm in Loganville.

For more on this story, see the May 30 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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