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June 29, 2014

In Business: A Berry Good Time of Year

TRAVERSE CITY — Strawberry lovers rejoice.

Those who swoon over the cardinal-colored fruit are going to get a slightly later window of time to head to the fields to pick their favorite berry this year because of 2014’s extended winter.

“We are a little bit later than normal because of the long, cold winter, but the berries are of very good quality and they are good-sized,” said Urka Farms owner John Urka, which owns plots where strawberries are grown in Grand Traverse and Manistee counties.

Harvesting at Bardenhagen Berries in Leelanau County is underway, with workers headed to the fields to pluck, box and ship the first variety of berries to ripen.

“I’d say we started a little later this year,” said farm owner Steve Bardenhagen. “It’s going real well. We’ve got good weather and the quality is really good.”

Read more about this year’s fruit growing season on page 1D of today’s Record-Eagle business section.

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