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Strawberry fields in Iowa ready to be picked

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CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (KTTC)- With the above-average temperatures experienced this spring, some crops are going to be ready sooner than usual. One of the big products ready to be picked very shortly is strawberries, fresh off the vine.

Iowa's strawberry crop is ready to go, and for one farmer near Clear Lake, it could mean a big year for business.

Why get them store-bought when there are plenty growing out in the farms?

"As a result of a very early warm spell in March that everyone knows about, these plants, as well as a lot of other plants, came out of dormancy," explains Bob Furleigh, co-owner of Furleigh Farms. "So, we're having probably the earliest crop that I've ever experienced in my lifetime."

At the farm just east of Clear Lake, Bob Furleigh continues what he has been doing for 57 years, growing a product that people drive across the state for.

"A different flavor, you know, it's vine-ripened. I would hate to have to ship these strawberries 2,000 miles, they're just not that kind of strawberries. They're more perishable and we think they're better, and apparently a lot of customers agree."

Furleigh mentions that depending on the size, two strawberries may contain a person's daily dose of Vitamin C, and if there is any way to take Vitamin C, most would probably choose a strawberry.

So, what do you need to know in order to pick out the perfect strawberry? Furleigh recommends it be of a fairly good size and be 100% red.

Furleigh Farm will be open for business earlier then they ever have been, and the crop all over the state should be just as delicious as ever.

The strawberry crop will be thriving in Iowa this year, whereas the apple crop will be in significant decline because of the same weather.

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