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Upper Valley strawberry season looking strong

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One way you know summer is here --  strawberries are ripe for the picking.

The Crossroad Farm in Post Mills has a new field dedicated to strawberries this year. The farm's Tim Taylor says it's been a good year for the sweet fruit -- mostly due to a colder spring.  He says that the recent warm weather is speeding up the process, with the strawberries maturing a little bit later than past years.

"Unlike the last few years, this year we are going to have a nice bumper crop on the Fourth of July.  In the past few years, it has been a very, very early crop.  A number of us kept our straw on a little later because last year, we took the straw off a little early. We had that warm March and then very cold temperatures which made the crop difficult," Taylor said.

The farm is planning to open up the patch to the public this year for pick-your-own strawberries -- something they haven't done is a decade. An annual Strawberry Festival is scheduled for this weekend at the Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford.

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