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A film by the Emmy Award-winning team of Larry Foley and Dale Carpenter

Photo: Tommaso

Ongoing Accolades

Nominated for 4 Mid-America Emmys: Cultural Documentary, Writing, Musical Score and Photography

Broadcast: WEDU-PBS Tampa, FL and AETN

Official selection: Docs Without Borders Film Festival

Award of Recognition, Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards

Selected for screening, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, October 10, 2017

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What could be sweeter than a freshly picked strawberry? Scarlett and sumptuous, and grown on a crown of green, this masterpiece among plants begs to be savored.

THE FAVORED STRAWBERRY is a one-hour documentary, filmed in 8 states, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland and California. The story unfolds at farms, big and small, where strawberries are picked by hand, one by one, often by hard working immigrants chasing the American dream.

Produced by the Emmy Award winning team of Larry Foley and Dale Carpenter, the program is narrated by Academy Award winner Ray McKinnon. Hayot Tuychiev is the director of photography and Tom Hapgood is the film’s art director. Original musical score by James Greeson.

This project is funded by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability.

"Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did."

Dr. William Butler, 17th Century English physician

closeup photograph of a bucket of strawberries Photo: Rob Bertholf
Larry Foley interviewing for The Favored Strawberry

Once a seasonal fruit, strawberries are desired and available year round, from subtropical winter fields in the heart of central Florida, to sweeping ranches in a valley along the shores of Monterrey Bay, California.

They're grown on the windy plains of Texas and in the dirt of former Carolina tobacco plantations... on flint rock hillsides in Oklahoma and on You-Pick-Em farms in New Jersey, and lots of places in between.

No matter the size of the crop, from massive coastal farms to small family fields, strawberries are still picked by hand, one by one, often by hard working immigrants chasing the American dream.

Stories of strawberry farms and the people who grow the "fruit of fruits" featured in the film include Arkansas, California, Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, Oklahoma, New Jersey and Texas.

20 Daisies leave no fruit behind, when the pretty flowerets die;
Pluck them, and another year, as many will be blowing here.
God has given a kindlier power
to the favored strawberry-flower.

William Wordsworth, 1802
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