Cold spring pushes Minn. strawberry season back - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Cold spring pushes Minn. strawberry season back

Posted:

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The cold spring has pushed Minnesota's strawberry season back by one to two weeks, but growers are reporting fields full of blooms that promise to become sweet, juicy berries.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says metro area growers expect to open for picking next week, with the peak coming over the long July Fourth holiday weekend. That's a change from most years when Independence Day signaled the end of metro strawberry season.

Minnesota's berry season progresses from south to north with northern farms normally opening at least one to two weeks later than their metro counterparts.

The department says consumers can expect to see blueberries and raspberries follow the trend and ripen one to two weeks later than usual. These berries typically ripen just as the strawberry season wraps up.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.