This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
At the meeting of the Davidson County (Tenn.) Horticultural Society at Nashville, May 21st, 150 gallons of strawberries were exhibited. As showing how strawberry growing stands in this part of the world, we give the following in full from the Farmers' Home Journal:
"Judges - W. H. Broadwell, J. P. Roup, J. G. Ogden.
1. For the best two-bushel stand of strawberries, premium $25. Awarded to John W. Morton for stand of "Warrens."
2. For the second best two-bushel stand, $15. Awarded to John W. Morton for Sharpless. In these classes Dr. B. H. Hill exhibited stand of "Glendale," Harwood Bros. one stand "Charles Downing" and one stand of "Kentucky." W. J. Campbell one stand of "Boyden No. 30," or "Eclipse."
4. Two best gallons of any two varieties for shipping, one gallon each. Premium to John W. Morton for Warren and Sharpless.
5. Two best gallons ot any two varieties for home market, one gallon each. Premium to Dr. T. P. Crutcher for Longfellow and Cumberland Triumph.
6. One gallon of the largest berries of any one variety. Premium to John W. Morton for Sharpless.
7. Premium of 500 Sharpless strawberry plants, to be delivered in the spring of 1882, for best new seedling not yet placed upon the market. To Dr. T. P. Crutcher for "Belle Meade," a bright red berry of exquisite flavor.
Some of the Sharpless measured over seven inches around, and a number remarked that they would do to slice up like apples. The "Warren" was considered the handsomest berry on exhibition, as the judges decided in awarding it the premium. It was described by an enthusiastic fruit grower as "large, dark glossy red, perfect form, firm, early, exquisite flavor, productive, and is the 'boss' berry for family use or the market. A man need not go any further if he wants only one variety." One gallon in the display sold for $1.60; one gallon of Sharpless for $1.45; other varieties ranging from 30c. to 75c. The stand of "Warrens ' was shipped to Cincinnati, and the Sharpless were purchased for home use and for preserving in alcohol as specimens to sell by - considered most too soft and ripe to ship.