"We don't blame the COVID-19 restrictions"

South Australian pick-your-own-strawberries farm closes its doors

South Australian pick-your-own-fruit farm Frances Strawberries has closed its doors due to inconsistent customer visitation, but the owners aren't blaming COVID-19 travel restrictions.

"We'd love to be able to offer what we currently do, but it's just not profitable in its current structure," she said. "I spoke to a number of people and one person particularly said, 'It's not what you bring into your bank account, it's what you keep."

Ms Frost did not put the closure down to Frances' proximity to the South Australia-Victoria border. "Poor COVID has copped the blame for a lot of things, and sometimes I think it's a bit of a cop-out using it when it's not necessarily the root cause of the problem. It definitely didn't help — we lost over half of our clientele for a very long time. But in in the grand scheme, even on our busiest days, it just wasn't enough — it was too inconsistent," she said.

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