The first crop of strawberries shipped from the Ridgely Station in refrigerator train cars was by T. L. Day in May of 1892. In addition to buyers from the north desiring fresh strawberries, there was a demand for the fruit from the Alliance Preserving Co. which opened in 1890, and later by the Armour Packing Co. in 1910.
An article in the Caroline Sun for May of 1907 reports that "From Monday until Friday of this week there has been 6,617 crates of strawberries shipped to the cities. That makes 158, 856 quarts with the average price of about $.11."
According to Mrs. Margaret Redden, "Each day you never knew what the price would be. It varied by the quality of that day's berries, how many orders the buyer needed to fill, and the quantity of berries available."
"It is a glorious sight to ride through the country at this time and behold the thousands of people engaged in various vocations, and to see the abundance of hay now being harvested, and the luxurious fields of peas, nearing maturity, and the large acreage of corn and tomato ground prepared. We wonder, in view of all of the activities of life, how much thought is given and how many hearts are turned toward God in thanksgiving for all these manifold blessings."