The strawberries are ready for picking in Central New York; the weather has made them exceptional

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LAFAYETTE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The strawberries are ripe for picking at Navarino Orchard. Meteorologist Lindsay Raychel found out the season is already off to a sweet start.  

Lindsay reports that not only did the spring flowers bloom early this year, but the strawberries are ready about a week early.  

If you picked strawberries last year, you really won’t want to miss this year. All the heat, the perfect amount of rain and limited frost has made the crop one of the best in recent memory.  

Vinny Sicignano, of Navarino Orchards says, “The crop is actually better this year, we have a few more acres and I think the size is better.”

When picking berries, be sure to pick them from the stem so you don’t bruise them.

Sicignano says, “Walk a little ways down the row, don’t just stop right at the end. The further up you go the nicer the berries are going to be, the more you’re going to find.”

Maybe a handful or bucket full isn’t enough, don’t worry, you’ll have until the beginning of July to get in on this sweet treat. 

Navarino is open for U-pick weekdays 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Reeves Farms is now open for U-pick berries too. Their fruit stand and the pick-your-own strawberry field is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

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