Strawberry season officially begins

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- First timers and veterans filled the fields at Maxwell's Strawberry Farm Wednesday morning as the first day of berry picking got underway.

"I always like to come the first day, it's some great picking," says veteran berry picker Jane Osgood.

Strawberry picking season is a short one, only lasting three weeks, so those who love their berries tend to go home with multiple cartons. Many pickers say they freeze their strawberries so they are able to enjoy them all winter long.

Many youngsters were out helping their moms pick away, some even getting to taste a strawberry for the very first time.

"I like the idea of him seeing where food comes and it's fun to be in the green and sit together," says Portland mom Gretchen Campos.

Bill Bamford owner of Maxwell's says, the berries should be good this year because the snowy winter helped to keep them frozen, but not too cold. He also warns pickers that they shouldn't judge a berry by it's size.

" A lot of people think that the smaller ones are sweeter, but that's really not true. The sweetness depends on the variety, the early berries are the biggest ones," says Bamford.


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