Strawberry Festival Celebrates Local Farmers, CP&R Hosts Annual Event for First Time

Sharon Schuler Kreps/CullmanSense
This is the third year I’ve done the Strawberry Festival, and it’s always a fun weekend.”
Marisa Griffin, Owner of Griffin Family Farms

CULLMAN – Cullman City Parks & Recreation has taken over the Strawberry Festival this year and things went off without a hitch. People from all over Cullman County came out and supported the area farmers and enjoyed all kinds of strawberry treats. The event began Friday night at 4 p.m. with the opening of the Farmer's Market. On Saturday, the festivities started at 8 a.m. and featured a sizable arts and crafts fair, a 5K and 10K run, and live music, in addition to other activities. The event took place at the Festhalle Farmer’s Market and Depot Park. 

Local farmers lined Festhalle, selling their goods and mingling with their customers. Full of excitement, the area was buzzing with fun.

“My husband and I have been selling our produce for four years now,” said Ashley Kress of Kress Farms. “Our strawberries are home grown here in Cullman, Ala. We are located behind Cullman Regional Medical Center at Kress Farms. We grow a lot of other things too, such as sweet potatoes, onions, lettuce and lots of other things. If people miss us this weekend, they can stop by our shed behind CRMC or they can visit us here at the Festhalle on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.”

“This is the third year I’ve done the Strawberry Festival, and it’s always a fun weekend,” said Marisa Griffin, owner of Griffin Family Farms. “I make all natural, hand crafted organic products for the whole family. I’m out here every Saturday through the market season and I have products at Herbs and Organics in Cullman,” she smiled.

Although it may be hard to believe, there are still some who have visited the Strawberry Festival for the first time this year.

“This is the first time I’ve come to the Strawberry Festival,” said Kathy Loveless. “I’m a grandmother and I don’t usually have the kids,” she said as she watched her grandchildren play on the inflatables that were scattered around the area. “We’re excited about all the stuff going on here on Saturday, too, so we’ll be here both days,” she grinned.  

Though the festival is over, the Farmers Market remains open. Shopping at the Market helps support the local farmers that work to supply Cullman County with fresh produce and other goods.