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It’s berry season in Minnesota

Berry season in Minnesota has arrived, according to a press release. Growers across the state are open for pick-your-own and pre-picked strawberries, and raspberry and blueberry season is right around the corner. You’ll also find fresh berries at the farmers market, grocery store and farm stands throughout the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Berry season is short and sweet, with seasonal availability beginning in southern Minnesota and moving northward. The typical strawberry season is two to three weeks long, but the length of harvest varies from farm to farm depending on varieties planted, weather and soil type. Mild temperatures in the 70s and 80s extend the season and allow berries to ripen at a steady pace, while excessive heat can cause berries to ripen more quickly and shorten the season.

Because conditions vary from region to region, the MDA recommends checking with your local patch for information on availability before heading out to the farm.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MDA released Guidance for Minnesota U-Pick Farms. Keep in mind that each farm is operating under unique and different conditions this season, so contact the farm before heading out to the patch.

Whether you choose to pick your own or buy pre-picked, be sure to choose local berries this season, the release stated. Search for berry farms using the MDA’s Minnesota Grown Directory online at www.minnesotagrown.com/berries/.

You can also order your free printed directory online at minnesotagrown.com/pre-order-minnesota-grown-directory/  or call 1-651-201-6469.