VERMILION, Ohio - The 2013 strawberry picking season has begun in northeast Ohio.
Many area farms, like the Aufdenkampe Family Farm in Vermilion, already have fresh berries for sale -- and the fields are opening for customers wanting to pick 'em themselves.
Self-pickers are welcome at the Aufdenkampe Farm beginning June 5.
But those wanting to load up on the luscious fruits might want to act fast. The fresh strawberry season in northeast Ohio only lasts a few weeks and can be drastically affected by our ever-changing weather.
Last year was a terrible year for area growers. Some didn't have enough berries to even open their self-pick operations.
On Wednesday, we visited the Aufdenkampe Family Farm on North Ridge Road to see first-hand what kind of crop is available this year.
Richard Aufdenkampe, the third generation owner of the farm, told NewsChannel5, "The bushes look really nice this year. I think this is going to be one of my best strawberry years."
Customers were flocking to the farm to buy berries at the roadside stand and pick their own from the fields.
By mid-day Aufdenkampe said more than 400 quarts of berries had been sold.
For more information on the local strawberry harvest play the attached videos.
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