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Strawberries sprouting earlier, thanks to warm weather

Posted March 23, 2012

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— The Triangle’s warm weather has led to a lot of plants blooming early this year, including strawberries.

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"We started seeing blooms back in January,” said Roger Ball, of Ball’s Produce Farm on Rock Service Station Road in Raleigh.

In his 10 years of farming strawberries, Ball said, he has never seen a crop grow like this.

“They're liking these 50-, 60-degree nights, these 70-degree days. It's strawberry weather,” he said. “We're thinking by the 10th of April we'll be selling strawberries, maybe by the 5th.”

Typically, Ball's produce farm would open for strawberry buyers in late April. An early start to the season is good news for farmers since the weak economy and high gas prices have hurt business the past few years.

“It feels good. We need money coming in, the earlier the better,” Ball said, adding that he isn't sure how long or bountiful the season will be. “We don't know what to expect. We've not experienced a year like this.”

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  • mrthunt Mar 26, 11:18 a.m.

    Pope's Strawberries in Knightdale are by far the best. They are always plentiful and sooo sweet!

  • SmokeWagon Mar 26, 11:12 a.m.

    This is a good thing...I can see the bottom of my last jar of homemade strawberry jam...!!!

  • raleighmom Mar 23, 7:23 p.m.

    Went to Vollmer Farm in Bunn today and they are opening March 31st for organic strawberries!

  • Ambygirl Mar 23, 4:20 p.m.

    Chairman you are so right!! I love this time of year when we can get fresh produce right here in our area.

  • Ambygirl Mar 23, 4:08 p.m.

    WOO HOO!!!!! I'm ready!! Gonna fill the freezer again this year. Almost done with the ones from last year so the timing is perfect. And fresh strawberry ice cream??? MMMMMM MMMMMM GOOD!

  • Chairman of the Bored Mar 23, 3:16 p.m.

    How nice. Ours are a lot better then them things they send us from California.

  • hp277 Mar 23, 3:14 p.m.

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm

  • saywhaaaaat Mar 23, 2:31 p.m.

    uooooooooo straaaawberrriiieeessssss =P CAN'T WAIT TO MAKE MY 1ST STRAWBERRY SHORT CAKE THIS YEAR! YUUUMYYY!

  • Hammerhead Mar 23, 2:25 p.m.

    strawberries and vanilla ice cream. The best.

  • lwt Mar 23, 2:24 p.m.

    I live less than a mile from Mr. Ball 's produce stand. We buy a lot of our produce and even our Christmas Tree from him. I was very excited to see his "Strawberries coming soon" sign up so early. I have picked there every year we have lived in this house. It is a great way to get the entire family out and nothing beats truly fresh strawberries!

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