Have you had a strawberry from Jones Family Farms yet? Well, the season is in full swing. Terry Jones of Jones Family Farms is celebrating a tradition he began 50 years ago as a young teenager \u2014 setting out thousands of baby strawberry plants. He recalled that day when he set up the strawberry transplanter on his new Farmall 140 tractor \u2014 still in use today. \u201cMy late aunt, Ruth Jones, and my cousin, Melissa, sat on the machine feeding the tiny strawberries into the plant pockets.,\u201d Jones said. \u201cFrom my vantage point on the tractor seat, I looked back down the row and they were all upside-down with the roots pointed skyward. We\u2019ve learned a lot over the years.\u201d May be state\u2019s oldest strawberry operation According to the Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky, Jones may be the state\u2019s oldest commercial grower having continuously planted strawberries. \u201cI guess you might call it more of a \u2018Strawberry Red Anniversary\u2019 than the typical \u2018Golden Anniversary\u2019 that honors a half century of tradition,\u201d Jones said. \u201cSince it takes a year for the plants to begin production, it\u2019s a two-year celebration. In 2013, we are recognizing the 50th anniversary of planting the \u2018Queen of Fruits\u2019 and 2014 will mark the 50th harvest.\u201d Weather challenges Two aspects of strawberries have remained constant over the last half-century, according to Jones. First, the consistent challenge of the weather. This spring is no exception. The last week of May started with 28 degrees and ended with three days of highs in the mid-90s. In both cases, the plants and fruit were protected by irrigation sprinklers. \u201cThe second constant,\u201d Jones said, \u201cis the excitement and passion of our farm guests to harvest and to taste the sweet goodness of the first, ripe strawberries of the season.\u201d \u2018A good corporate citizen\u2019 Mayor Mark Lauretti said Jones Family Farms is an important part of Shelton\u2019s landscape, economy and culture. \u201cIt\u2019s a 500-acre entity kept in its natural, pristine beauty as well as a tax generator,\u201d he said. \u201cThey employ people and attract visitors. They are a good corporate citizen.\u201d He said he and his family have picked their share of strawberries at Jones through the years, and watched as the farm has become a more sophisticated operation with a winery and prepared foods. For information Jones Family Farms is located off Route 110. Thus is mid-season for strawberries. For more information call the Farmer Jones crop info line at 203-929-8425, visit the Jones website at www.jonesfamilyfarms.com\/farm\/strawberries, Facebook page at www.facebook.com\/jonesfamilyfarms, or follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com\/jonesfamilyfarm.