Thursday, June 9, 2016

It's Strawberry Time!!!

Hey everyone.

It's strawberry season. Get out and get them before they're gone.

You got about a month to six weeks to get really good berries in NYS. It's best to call your local grower to see if the strawberries are ready to be picked and what the field conditions are.

For more information about Onondaga County berries and where to go them, go to

Strawberries are running about a week later in Oswego County and in southern Onondaga. 

In Oswego County, it’s best to call your local farm to see if U-pick is open.

At Ferlito’s on County Route 53 in the town of Scriba, Angelo “Pete” Ferlito said U-pick should begin about June 17.

“They’re looking good — the heat’s got them ripening,” he said. “We’ve already picked a few for sale.”

Ferlito’s has about eight acres of berries in a bunch of different locations in Scriba and Volney. Call them at 343-7159 for information on strawberry availability and field conditions.

Roberta Godfrey of Godfrey’s Last Stand on Route 264 just outside Phoenix offers both U-pick and some strawberries that are already picked. They are open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. Call 593-7291 to see if berries are available for picking.

Eric Behling at Behling Orchards on Flavor Road in Mexico said berry picking should begin his week. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

Last season was one of the worst for strawberries ever. In June — just when the berries are getting bigger and plumper and riper — was filled with rain, so the berries were sitting in puddles most of the time. All this wetness increases the chance of disease that can harm or kill the berries.

The weather was also so bad it kept a lot of pickers home and away from the fields.

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