Department of Agriculture & Markets

    

Joe Morrissey, 518-457-0752, Joe.Morrissey@agriculture.ny.gov
Dave Bullard, 315-487-7711 x 1377, Dave.Bullard@agriculture.ny.gov

June 23, 2014

Commissioner: 'Tis the Strawberry Season here in New York State

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today encouraged New Yorkers to support the state’s strawberry growers as strawberry season is officially underway here in New York.

            “Strawberry season is a short season but a highly productive one, and without question, we grow some of the most delicious strawberries in the world right here in New York,” said Commissioner Ball. “On my own farm, our strawberries are in and they look and taste fantastic.  Fresh, local strawberries are the sweetest strawberries you can buy and I encourage New Yorkers to support our growers during this strawberry season.”

            New York was the 8th largest producer of strawberries in the nation in 2012. Also that year, strawberry growers harvested 3.2 million pounds of strawberries and produced a crop worth $6.9 million.  New York strawberries are now available at select grocery stores, farm stands, farmers’ markets and pick-your-own farms.  Strawberries go well with just about everything, from New York yogurts and chocolates to delicious Rieslings from the Finger Lakes region.

            Dale Ila Riggs, President of the New York State Berry Growers Association, said, “Strawberry season is right on time this year with great June weather some cool days, cool nights and even a few rainy evenings which have been superb for the strawberry crop.  Reports from across the state have been extremely positive thus far.  Conditions are optimal right now and we encourage people to go out and support their local berry growers.  Strawberry season is a short one here in New York it usually lasts until between July 2nd and July 10th - so people should not delay buying their fresh, local strawberries this summer.”

            Brian Reeves, Owner of Reeves Farms in Baldwinsville, said, “We have a good crop of strawberries this year and overall things have gone pretty well.  New York strawberries tend to be juicier, sweeter and a darker red than some berries in other states.  Strawberry season is just reaching its peak right now here in New York and we’re very encouraged by what we’ve seen so far, with a decent crop and decent sales that we expect to continue through the first week of July.  The public has been highly responsive to our strawberry crop, including some stores as far away as New York City.”

            A map of farmers’ markets across New York State, many of which offer fresh, local strawberries, can be found here, or by county here.

            Many strawberry growers proudly use the Pride of NY label on their products.  To join the Pride of NY program, please visit: www.prideofny.com/PONY/consumer/newEstabAccount.do

The Pride of NY website also lists harvest times and availability of fresh New York produce, depending on the season: www.prideofny.com/PONY/consumer/viewHarvestCalendar.do.

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