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Local strawberry crop coming in slowly

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Warmer weather means the warm weather fruits like strawberries should be ripe and ready to be served at your tables. 

"Crop looks good so far.  We been picking for two days and they've been coming slowly," said Michael Cecchi of Cecchi Farms in Agawam

Slowly but surely, these sweet summer fruits are just about ripe for a prime picking.

"The plants are a little confused.  The weather's been all over, the warm weather, the cold February and they're turning color now," Cecchi added.

The few strawberries that have ripened aren't giving the farm a full day's worth of crop to sell, but in another week, Cecchi said they should be fully ripened. 

"We plant them in May.  They grow all summer, then around Thanksgiving, we cover them in straw.  It usually keeps them from heaving, but this year, the ground didn't freeze until at least January so that's when we put the straw on," Cecchi noted.

Strawberry season is a short one, but definitely a popular one. 

The plants are cared for tenderly 11 months of the year, to be picked during a four week span through the month of June, but even that is weather permitting.

"Things can change quick.  A lot of rain will do them in, but so far, so good," Cecchi noted.

Even with the soakings expected for this week, it shouldn't be detrimental to the crop.  The strawberries are a little more uneven than a farmer would like to see this year because of the weather's inconsistency, but still just as delicious for customers to enjoy

"They went to bed late this year and maybe they're just a little slow to wake up," Cecchi said.

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