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Strawberry season starts in North Carolina

April 1, 2019

Did you know North Carolina is the fourth-largest producer of strawberries in the nation? Farmers across the state are gearing up for one of their busiest seasons.

April marks the start of strawberry season, according to the N.C. Department of Agriculture, and local growers are expecting plentiful crops that should last through Memorial Day. The peak of strawberry season -- the best time to visit local farms -- is generally around Mother’s Day.

“There should be plenty of berries this year despite a wet and cold first quarter in 2019,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said. “We encourage consumers to visit a pick-your-own farm, go to a farmers market or stop by a roadside stand to get the freshest berries available.”

The N.C. Department of Agriculture estimates about 1,100 acres of strawberries harvested across the state, with growers in eastern North Carolina already picking their crops. Piedmont growers will begin picking strawberries around mid-April, while growers in the mountains will pick around May 1, according to the UDA.

Families interested in visiting a strawberry field can check the Go Ask Mom blog or visit gottobenc.com for a list of local pick-your-own-berry farms.