Strawberry crop slow but promising this year

11:41 AM, Jun 24, 2013   |    comments
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CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If you are one of the many people itching to get out and pick strawberries, you may have to be patient this season.

Find a strawberry farm near you, Diane Atwood has compiled a list here.

Farmers say so far, the strawberry crop in Maine looks promising. But some of the nights in June have been too cold, and that has slowed down the ripening process. Jodie Jordan of Alewive's Brook Farm in Cape Elizabeth says his phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from people asking for strawberries. He tells them this year, the berries are taking their time.

"They don't want to get too hot but they want to stay warm during the night to keep ripening up and keep growing," Jordan said. "Once it gets down in the fifties they kind of shut right down until they get warmed up again."

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