Festival has deep roots
The name of Cottage Grove's "Strawberry Fest" originated in fields of the delicious late spring fruit grown by the Swanlund family on Hadley Avenue across from Pine Hill Elementary School.
In 1940, a 24-quart crate of strawberries cost $1.50 to raise, pick and crate. Martin Swanlund could not get that price at the St. Paul Market, so he made wine.
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