Strawberry Season Is Here In Massachusetts, But Quickly Fading Away

Ripe strawberries in a local field. Photo: Chaiel Schaffel/WBZ NewsRadio

 EAST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Farmers across Massachusetts are satisfied with the growing season in the region so far, thanks to the exceptionally good weather. The CN Smith Farm in East Bridgewater grows a few different varieties of fruit, but the star crop this time of year is strawberries.  

“Usually, the later the berry the larger the berry, so some of these berries on the other side of the field aren’t even ripe yet,” said Chris Smith, owner of CN Smith Farm.  

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Local Massachusetts farmers told WBZ NewsRadio that last summer was a particularly bad one for farming because of the poor weather. So, this year, the importance of harvesting a good crop has an even greater value.   

“We can’t control [the weather], that’s the business we’re in, you know? We just take it and move on,” added Smith.  

Berries are a major source of income to keep the farm going strong. Smith says that when people visit the farm to take advantage of the ripe berry season, they will typically buy other items too. 

Ripe strawberries in a local field. Photo: Chaiel Schaffel/WBZ NewsRadio

“So, it goes beyond just the value of the strawberry crop, which brings people to the farm.”  

 Smith also added that they survived last year’s troubling farming season by relying on other crops.

“Our apple crop turned out pretty good, and that helped us get by for the year.”  

Strawberry season in New England is particularly limited; to get the best berries possible, you should start picking your berries sooner rather than later.  

The peak of strawberry growing season was this past weekend. Blueberries will be up next, in July.  

WBZ NewsRadio's Chaiel Schaffel (@CSchaffelWBZ) reports 

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