Strawberries ready for picking 

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Jack Aman, of Aman Family Farms in Maysville, sorts through freshly picked strawberries at his strawberry stand on Tuesday morning.

John Sudbrink/The Daily News  
Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 12:56 PM.

The strawberry season is off to a late start, but local growers say the berries came through the harsh winter without a problem.

Julian Wooten of Southwest Strawberry Farm in Jacksonville said they started picking strawberries last week.

“It is a few weeks late, but there are some pretty berries out there,” Wooten said.

Now, he’s counting on some nice spring weather before the summer heat arrives.

“We hope it doesn’t get too hot too fast,” he said.

Jack Aman of Aman Family Farms off Belgrade-Swansboro Road in the Belgrade community said the long, cold winter didn’t hurt their strawberry crop.

“We have to baby them. We have to irrigate them and hopefully we can by-pass the winters. Strawberries like cold weather better than hot as long as we keep the frost off them,” he said.



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