Agriculture, Central New York, Food

Colder Spring Delays Local Strawberry Picking Start

By Rafael Freitas SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS)- June is a month for strawberry lovers. But fans of the fruit might have noticed something different this year. The picking up season started almost two weeks later.

This year’s extended winter concerned farmers about the potential effects on their berry crops. Abbott Farms manager Michael Blair said the cold had an impact on the strawberries this year.

“Everything was not growing as fast as it should be,” Blair said. “As a result, the berries are a little smaller this season.”

Usually, the CNY’s strawberry season starts late in May or early June. This means the production is about two weeks delayed.

According to Blair, Central New York didn’t experience any big freezes, which means there was no major crop losses.

“The strawberries’ quality is right were we expected to be,” Blair said. “There are plenty of fruit to be picked.”

Although cold is not an issue anymore, weather is still a big concern for the farmers. Rain can still harm the fresh and ready-to-be-picked strawberries.

As we are not expecting big quantities of rain on the next few days, the strawberry picking season tends to attract a good number of people. Many farmers in Syracuse area are preparing the launch their summer season around Father’s Day weekend.

You can see a map with some strawberry farms around Syracuse and their addresses below.

 

Abbott Farms, 3275 Cold Springs Road, Baldwinsville

 U-pick Strawberry season is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Store is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.