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Rainy Weather Threatens Local Strawberry Harvest

May 20, 2010

Mid-May is the time of year when many people hit the field for a little strawberry picking. Despite the wet month, the owner of Critzer Family Farms in Afton says the harvest is fine for now. However, any more rain could put the strawberries in danger.

Whitney Critzer says, so far, the rainy weather has not stopped the strawberry picking at Critzer Family Farms. She says even over the past few rainy days, people have been visiting the farm and gathering hundreds of fresh strawberries to eat or preserve for jams or jellies.

Critzer says a little rain has no impact on the berries, but several days of rain could be detrimental to the harvest.

"Berries love to see the sunshine, and that makes the sweetness and freshness alive. As long as they see the sun for a couple of hours every two or three days, that's okay," said Critzer.

If the dreary Spring weather lasts any longer than a few says, Critzer says the strawberries begin to lose some of their flavor.

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