abc
QUICK LINKS:

Strawberry Season Later Than Usual

Updated: 06/18/2014 10:38 PM
Created: 06/18/2014 5:40 PM WDIO.com
By: Briggs LeSavage
blesavage@wdio.com

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is predicting the state's late spring will affect this year's strawberry season, and Finke's Berry Farm in Carlton expects to follow suit.

Diane Finke, one of the farm's owners, said she only plans to be about a week off her typical July 4 opening date and that the lingering snow was the major reason the season was pushed back.

"It took forever for the snow to melt,"Finke said. "So for the strawberries then to wake up, it just took longer."

Although the snow that stayed until late April harmed the plants, Finke said the two to three feet of snow that covered her eight-acre farm during the winter months was actually beneficial.

”As everyone knows, it seemed like the snow just kept coming and coming this year, which was actually great for the strawberries," Finke said. "We had an excellent cover, so the straberries are in good shape, very healthy, lots of blooms. We're excited for the season coming up."

The Agriculture Department reports that Minnesota's berry season progresses from south end of the state to the north. Farms in Northern Minnesota trail the Twin Cities crops between one and two weeks.

"In the Twin Cities, they started blooming about two weeks later than normal," Finke said. "Here, because we're up north, we don't see quite that two week difference. It comes down to around one week later, because living in the Northland, everythig tends to be later in comparison to the Twin Cities."

Finke's Berry Farm employees pick weeds on the 8-acre strawberry farm. Diane Finke, onw of the farm's owners, said this year's late spring pushed back the strawberry crop.

Front Page

  • Charge Against Woman in Arrest Video Dismissed

    A judge has dismissed a charge against a woman seen in a video of a controversial Superior arrest.  At a hearing Friday, Judge Kelly Thimm approved a motion to dismiss a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against Natasha Lancour.

  • Justin's 2014-2015 Winter Prediction

    Winter is right around the corner and the question on everybody's mind is will we have a winter like last year.  With record stretches of cold and record snowfall last year is one we one like to forget. Chief meteorologist Justin Liles lets us know what we can expect this year

  • Woman in Douglas Co. Shootout was found Unresponsive in House Fire Day Before

    A 22-year-old Lake Nebagamon woman was hospitalized on Wednesday evening after an armed standoff with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. On Tuesday, authorities say that same woman was found by her neighbors unresponsive and not breathing after they saw flames coming from a downtown Lake Nebagamon home. 

  • Funding for Military Funeral Personnel Restored

    On Thursday, Rep. Rick Nolan received a letter from the Secretary of the Army that funding for the playing of "Taps," a rifle salute, and delivering a folded American flag will be restored.

  • Preparing for Ebola: Health System Working Together

    People who work in the Northland's health system are communicating on a regular basis, to prepare for Ebola, even though it's unlikely to appear here.

 
Advertisement