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Whatcom County strawberry harvest could be early this year

Mike Boxx of Boxx Berry Farm holds Hone Oye strawberries  at his family farm on Northwest Road north of Bellingham, Thursday, May 30, 2013.
Mike Boxx of Boxx Berry Farm holds Hone Oye strawberries at his family farm on Northwest Road north of Bellingham, Thursday, May 30, 2013. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

The local strawberry harvest season may start a little early this year.

Plenty of factors are still in play, particularly the weather, but right now it’s looking like u-pick strawberries will be ready around the first week of June, said Mike Boxx of Boxx Berry Farm. Typically the harvest takes place around mid-June, but the relatively warm winter has things ahead of schedule.

Once the harvest begins, the u-pick portion usually lasts only about 10 days to two weeks. After the strawberry harvest, the focus turns to Whatcom’s biggest berry crops, raspberries and blueberries.

Whatcom County has around 300 acres devoted to strawberries.

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