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Festival Will Go On, Despite Slow Start for Strawberries

1:08 PM, May 14, 2013   |    comments
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The cool temperatures and rain postponed a popular strawberry festival, but Eckert's Farm is ready to go this weekend.

"What a difference a year makes. We went from the earliest season in our history to one of the latest years in our history," said Chris Eckert, Eckert's.

Eckert's pushed back its annual strawberry festival a week, but they're looking on the bright side of the weather.

"What's nice is that you just have more days to get the work done," said Eckert.

77,000 strawberry plants will soon bloom.  Eckert is confident the slow start won't effect the taste of the berries.

"Overall the crop is good. It's a big crop it looks like it's going to be a healthy crop, but it's just a little later. It's what mother natures given us."

Eckert's Strawberry Festival is Saturday and Sunday from 9am-5pm at the Belleville farm. There will be some local strawberries, but Eckert's will bring in some from neighboring farms in the south. You can pick your own berries beginning Saturday, May 25.

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the free summer concert series at Eckert's.

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