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Strawberry Season Delayed by Weather
Local growers are bearing strawberries this time of year--just a limited amount. The idea time to go strawberry picking usually kicks off in June, but a combination of cloudy, cool, and rainy weather is putting that on hold. Farmers say the berries will be at least two weeks late.
That doesn't mean you can't chow down on this succulent fruit. It just means you don't have as many choices as usual.
"Right now, there will probably be the Earliglow, Surecrop, and Allstar, Seascape, and Albion," Ron Suttill of Suttill's Gardens said.
Farmers said it's the Everberries that, despite their name, won't be ready for a few more weeks. They're hoping they'll come around by mid-June and last through strawberry season, which ends in November.
It's not just strawberries that farmers say will be late. They're closely watching several of your favorite vegetables as well--things like tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, and even lettuce.
Strawberries are grown in every state in the United States and every province of Canada. The state of California is the leading supplier of strawberries in the U.S., producing about 75 percent of our country's crop. Florida is second in production.