Berry business booming

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) –  The cooler temperatures are actually a welcome sight for the strawberry fields at Fulton Farms.
When the temperatures get too warm the berries don’t last very long on the vine.

Below the green rain soaked leaves is a sea of red waiting to be picked.

Bailey Huffman says, “It’s a tradition in our family every year to come out here and pick strawberries and make grandma’s pie.”

A little rain and cool air isn’t stopping Bailey from continuing the family tradition. She was among a few who scoured the fields at Fulton Farms filling up containers of strawberries.

“This year they’re really good last year they were small. This year they’re really plentiful and big,” Huffman says.

The frost we saw in late April didn’t harm many of the buds.There are still many berries ripe and ready to go.

Levi Karnehm with Fulton Farms says, “It hasn’t hurt us yet the frost can damage the young blossoms with the fruit. The heat made the berries ripen a bit faster and all at the same time. We try to space it out so we have a longer season.”

Karnehm says the season can vary a lot on the weather. Some years berries are ready well before the Troy strawberry festival while other years the berries bloom after the festival.

The cool and damp weather is actually a good thing it’s keeping the strawberries from ripening too fast. This way the season can last just a little bit longer.

“If we start getting close to 90 they’re going to ripen overnight and rot before we get a chance to pick them,” Karnehm says.

If temperatures don’t warm up too fast Fulton Farms is anticipating another 3 weeks of strawberry season. So you still have plenty of time to pick berries for your favorite sweet treat.

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