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Strawberry season only days away

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 12:51 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - In just over a week, Wisconsinites will be able to go out and pick their own strawberries to enjoy this summer.

Mike Matushak owns Engelberry Farm, and said that he expects his berries to be ready very soon. He said the weather has everything to do with when the crop is available.

Until a few days ago, his plants had no fruit at all the green was just generously peppered with little white flowers. Now most of those are gone and the stems are heavy with green clusters.

He said he expects to have a good season.

“I think the crop is going to be a larger crop. If the temperatures fall back a little bit they’ll size up well, and that’ll be the big thing right now is just if they get a chance to size up before we have to stop picking,” he said.

Matushak has learned through trial and error what strains of strawberry work best for the soil and climate of North Central Wisconsin, but he’s not above trying new ones out to see if they have something great to offer.

“Some of them maybe are a little bit of a fresh market kind of berry where they’ll hold their life a little longer. Strawberries are such a soft tissue fruit,” he said.

He did warn that there has been increased interest since last year and some days they are picked out by noon or a little after.

To make sure you don’t leave empty-handed, he said it’s best to check by phone or Facebook.

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