SUFFOLK, Virginia - During a week officially kicking off the state’s farmers markets
season, many strawberry growers here opened their fields sporadically to customers
wanting to pick their own fruit.
Unlike last year in North Carolina and Virginia with its unseasonably warm temps
and an early strawberry season start that began in mid-April, some growers report
the cooler temps this spring have pushed strawberry readiness back a bit. Later this
week, after a two-day warm up in Southeastern Virginia, rain and cooler temperatures
once again arrived, leaving some fields closed over the weekend.