- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - It’s strawberry season in Minnesota.

Pick-your-own patches are open in parts of Minnesota, and local strawberries are showing up in farmers’ markets.

Paul Hugunin of the Minnesota Grown program at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture says it should be a very good year for strawberries.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (https://bit.ly/1CjRsoK ) the crop has flourished thanks to moderate temperatures, plentiful rains and few destructive storms. That also bodes well for blueberries and raspberries, which typically begin to mature in early July.

At Pine Tree Apple Orchard near White Bear Lake, co-owner Bill Jacobson said their first ripe berries are juicy and plump.

Growers urge visitors to call ahead before visiting a strawberry patch to make sure there are enough ripe berries to pick and to avoid a “fruitless” trip.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, https://www.twincities.com

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