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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.

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