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Albemarle Orchard Opens for Strawberry Season

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Strawberry fans: your long wait through cold spring weather is over. It's finally picking time. Chiles Peach Orchard in Albemarle County is breaking out the berries, just in time for some weekend picking.

"Usually we think of strawberries bringing in spring; this year they're almost bringing in summer I think," said Cynthia Chiles, owner of Chiles Peach Orchard.

Friday marks the official beginning of strawberry season.

"Today is the first day we'll actually have enough strawberries in the fields for people to go out and pick. And who's not ready to be outside after this crazy spring we've had?" Chiles said.

Chiles says this year's crop is a bit delayed after some cold spring weather. Chiles says the berries are 10 days to two weeks behind, but that they should ripen up soon.

"The plants are healthy, we've had a nice amount of rain especially in the last few days, and now they just need warm temperatures and sunshine and the color will turn from green to red pretty quickly," she said.

Chiles says, if the weather cooperates, you'll find your best pick in a matter of days.

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