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Record highs bring early fruits

Fresh-picked strawberries at Mt. Olympus Berry Farm in Caroline County. Photo posted to the farm's Facebook page.

We ran a story this weekend by Donnie Johnston about how projected overnight temperatures in the 30s the next few days have orchard owners west of here worried. The unseasonably warm weather earlier this year brought out their blossoms much earlier than usual, so their apple and peach crops are now at risk if temperatures dip down too far again.

On the other hand, the early spring could mean you’ll be enjoying local peaches as early as June.

Indeed, other products of the field are also showing up early this year. As we mentioned last week, asparagus is already here, and Snead’s Farm reported today that it’s three weeks ahead of schedule. Caroline County’s Mt. Olympus Farm and Spotsylvania’s Miller Farms are both reporting ripe strawberries (Miller Farms has even opened its pick-your-own patch on a limited basis–for your spring breakers out there.).

This is before many area CSAs have even made their first delivery of the year. So if you were depending on your CSA share to get your fix of spring veggies, you might want to consider paying a visit to your favorite local farm a little early this year.

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