Jun 19, 2013 at 9:17 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) The exceptionally cool spring has pushed strawberry season back by one to two weeks this year but Minnesota berry growers are reporting fields full of big, beautiful blooms that promise to become sweet, juicy berries.
Twin Cities Metro area growers expect to open for picking during the week of June 24th with the peak coming during the long July Fourth holiday weekend.
This is a big change from most years when the Fourth of July signaled the end of metro strawberry season.
The Minnesota berry season progresses from south to north with northern Minnesota farms normally open at least one to two weeks later than their metro counterparts.
Customers should always call the farm before visiting to check on the availability of berries and picking conditions.
Picking can vary from farm to farm depending on the specific varieties planted, soil type, and the number of customers picking.
Consumers can expect to see blueberries and raspberries follow trend and ripen one to two weeks later than usual. It is typical for these berries to ripen just as strawberry season wraps up.
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