The Baltimore American Fanner gives the following account of strawberry cultivation near Annapolis, Maryland, exceeding anything we now so collect: "Our Anne Arundel County friends can claim a pre-eminence in fruit culture, which, both as to quality and quantity, entitles them to honorable distinction. It is not many years since their system of cultivation was introduced, but we find new, within a neighborhood of a few square miles (as nearly as we could ascertain), some six hundred acres of land planted in strawberries, and producing scarcely less than twenty thousand bushels. A portion of the ground is not in bearing, being newly planted this spring. Daring the height of the picking season (which lasts some two to three weeks), about twelve hundred hands are constantly picking. About forty two-horse wagons are constantly running to Baltimore and the Philadelphia Steamboat Landing, making two loads each, or eighty loads a day, and taking away, daily, fifty thousand quart boxes of the berries, or about fifteen hundred bushels.

"Of this large business, more than one-half is done by four persons: Mr. Rezen Hammond, has about one hundred acres in bearing; Mr. Crisp, about, eighty acres; Mr. Joseph Bryan, about eighty; Mr. William Linthicum, about fifty acres - making more than three hundred. We found, both at Mr. Hammond's and Mr. Bryan's, some two hundred hands picking. Mr. Richard Cromwell, and others, have crops of twenty-fire or thirty acres, their cultivation being more divided between this and other crops.

"The method of management is, to plant the runners in spring, as soon as the ground is in working order, on ridges thrown up at a distance of four feet, and about eighteen inches apart on the ridge. They are kept well worked till about August, by which time the runners are taking possession of the ridge. They come into full bearing the following season, and continue for one or two seasons longer, according to circumstances; usually they are left in bearing about three seasons. Sometimes the clover and other grasses take possession of the ground to such an extent, that it is expedient to return to a cleansing crop after the second year. Mr. Hammond does not manure for his strawberries. The several cleansing crops are well matured in the hill with stable manure, street manure, etc. Manuring for the crop, he thinks, brings in the clovers too rapidly. The yield, per acre, is about an average of a thousand quarts, and the net price it is difficult to determine. The expenses attending the business are large. Mr. Hammond requires for getting his crop to market, six two-horse wagons, each team worth at least four hundred and fifty dollars, and six hundred chests, with boxes, worth three and a half dollars each.

The picking costs a cent and a half a quart, where the pickers furnish their own provisions, and a cent a quart where the employer furnishes. The crop of this neighborhood goes mainly to the Philadelphia markets. The team is not to be charged exclusively to the strawberry crop, for they de all the work of the farm".