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Strawberry season starts three weeks early for local farmer

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RUDOLPH (WAOW) -

The early warm weather has affected many crops in our area, including strawberries. The season is starting three weeks early, and that's impacting local farmers.

The owners of Arnold's Strawberries say the warmer weather has allowed fruit to grow three weeks earlier than usual. But they say that doesn't necessarily mean the season will be any longer.

"Certainly a function of the weather, but certainly for another three weeks or so," Tom Arnold, owner of Arnold's Strawberries said.

Arnold has been in the strawberry business for more than 40 years. He says he's never opened his farm in Rudolph this early in the season.

"We uncovered our berry plants on March 17, which I have never seen it this early in my whole life," Arnold said.

Arnold says he doesn't usually open until Mid-June. He says the changes in weather and cool nights have affected some of his berries.

"We have a temporary shortage of ripe berries currently. However, next week it should be an excellent time after we've had a few more days of warm weather," Arnold said.

Customers that come to pick their own berries love the early start to the season.

"It brings back memories, it's fun family time, it's fun being out here," Stevens Point resident Michelle Goman said.

But Arnold says he's not sure if the season will last longer than usual, just because it started earlier.

"I hope for an average year. I don't know if it will help or hinder. I just hope for the best," Arnold said.

But no matter what, one thing is for sure.

"They taste better than the ones you buy in the store. It tasted like you were eating sugar because they're very sweet," Goman said.

Arnold hopes the warm weather continues, so his strawberries keep growing. And his customers say they want the same thing. 

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