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Fruit Season Off To A Quick Start With Strawberries

Strawberry picking started about two weeks early in Belleville, said Chris Eckert, president and CEO of Eckert’s family farm.

“People are coming out. We are pleased with the amount of traffic,” he said of customers’ interest in the crop.

At Flamm Orchard in Cobden, strawberries started a full 10 days early. “We’re not used to having it that early,” said Mike Flamm. “Demand has been good.”

It looks like apple season may start early this year as well. And Flamm believes a pretty good apple crop could be on the way.

Eckert’s apples look good, too, with no frost damage. They are past bloom and pol...


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