"Big, beautiful berries" is how Danyale Ross described the strawberry crop at Iseley Farms in Burlington.
Ross, retail manager at the farm, said that despite the cold snap in mid-March "we managed to save all of the vines."
Iseley Farms opened to strawberry pickers the last weekend in March.
"Mother's Day weekend is typically prime picking season but since it's been so warm, our season has started earlier," Ross said. "You start losing berries when it gets real warm."
Craven Smith of Smith Farms & Greenhouses in Gibsonville had row covers on, which "protected the ones coming in."
Their pre-pick only farm is currently open.
Lunsford Strawberry Farm in Prospect Hill lost quite a few strawberries during the cold weather — 25 to 30 percent — Ronnie Lunsford said.
"But it's going to be a fairly decent crop," he added. "We'll be picking a couple weeks earlier than usual."
At the Apple Farm in Gibsonville, "the cold kind of hurt ours," said Edward Apple. "The first of March, during two or three days, it froze a lot of them. It killed the earliest ones we had. I feel like we'll have some, but not the crop we've had in the past."
Karen McAdams of McAdams Farm in Efland said her farm would be open earlier than in years past.
"We lost a few in the freeze, but they look good so far," she said.
Hall's Strawberries in Reidsville "lost some of the 'early birds' to the cold, but they're OK with that — they don't like to have too many berries on a plant," said Mark Danieley, county extension director and extension agent at the Alamance County Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service in Burlington. "They said it looks like the remainder will be ripening by April 19 or so."
Before you plan to visit the farms, owners suggest calling or checking out the website or Facebook page.