HASTINGS, Minn. -- It's strawberry fields forever this year in Minnesota, or at least for the next few weeks.
Strawberry farmers are enjoying a great season, but it didn't start out that way.
With a sun-kissed morning sky above Hastings this weekend, it's all eyes on the ground at Wyatt's Strawberry Farm.
Summertime and the picking is easy and starts early for Arlene Stockwell who arrived at Wyatt's at 7:00 a.m.
"I was afraid that the field would be full of people and I wouldn't get any so I thought I'd come early," says Arlene.
But this year's Minnesota strawberry season is actually late. The wet, cold spring meant the crop wasn't ready until nearly three weeks later than usual and after 37 years in the strawberry business Greg Wyatt wasn't sure he'd have a crop at all.
"You never know how it's going to turn out but it turned out a lot better than what we had expected," says Greg.
The season turned out so much better in fact that despite the late start, strawberry farms are now reporting a bumper crop, with fields of perfect berries.
"Nice green stem. They have a shine to 'em. They have a nice strawberry shape to 'em," says Greg about his crop.
And they have a lusciously delicious taste. At Wyatt's, folks are enjoying another year of searching for berry gold to fill a cardboard tray and a hungry mouth.
"I would say 95 percent of them get in the tray," says Harlan Hanson.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says Minnesota is home to hundreds of berry farmers producing several million pounds of fresh berries every year, but because of the shorter season this year you better get out here quickly before they're all gone.
The strawberry season usually lasts two or three weeks.
For more information on Berry Farms, check out their website. And go to Wyatt's Facebook page to learn more about the farm.
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