Strawberry farms now open and looking forward to promising year

Berrien Springs, Mich. This year's spring weather has fruit farmers excited about their crops.

And the strawberries are ready for picking.

At Stover's Farm in Berrien Springs, they have been harvesting strawberries since Saturday.

It's a month later than last year, but right on time for an average year.

Owners say this should be one of their better years for strawberries.

After a devastating year in 2012 they are excited to see dozens of families during the cooler morning hours, and many who carry on a tradition with their families.

“And when my little one gets bigger she will come out with grandma and me and she will pick with us too,” said Holly Duthler and Cindy Peachey. “And they taste wonderful when they're right off the little stalk...oh! It doesn't compare to California strawberries in the store... There is no juice with California ..these are it!”

If you don't want to pick your own, Stover's has plenty of strawberries to buy at the barn.

The next summer fruit is sweet cherries and they should be ready by July 4.

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