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Time to pick strawberries!

Little girl picking strawberries.

PHOTO by KATE PENN for SmartMamaPA.com Kirsten Lake, then 2, of Dover, drops strawberries into a container at Barefoot Farm in Dover Township, York County, in 2008.

By BARB KREBS

For SmartMamaPA.com

The wait for local strawberries is over.

“The hot weather we had in April pushed things along and the blooms came early,” said Nancy Blevins, of Blevins Fruit Farm in Hopewell Township.

Overall, that’s good news not only for strawberries growers, but also for most local fruits and vegetables producers.

Local growers of apples, peaches and other fruits hope to benefit from the early crop brought on by the warm April temperatures.

At Shaw Orchards in Hopewell Township, strawberries should be available by the week of May 21, said Mary Sue Shaw, owner of the business.

“They bloomed early but it is a little hard to predict exactly when the strawberries will be ready, but it looks like its going to be a good crop,” she said.

ON THE FARM

Here’s a list of area produce growers:

— Maple Lawn Farms, 251 Maple Lawn Road, Fawn Township, 382-4878

— Blevins Fruit Farm, 16222 W. Liberty Road, Hopewell Township, 993-2885.

— Mount Airy Junction, 13831 Mount Airy Road, Hopewell Township, 235-0794.

— Shaw Orchards, 21901 Barrens Road South, Hopewell Township, 993-2974.

— Scarecrow Herb and Vegetable Farm, 2178 Orwig Road, Hopewell Township, 781-3625.

— Mason Dixon Farm Market, 18159 Susquehanna Trail South, Shrewsbury Township, 235-4338.

— Swamp Fox Farms, 13541 Country Club Road, Shrewsbury Township, 235-8712.

— Farmers Market of Shrewsbury, 12025 Susquehanna Trail South, Shrewsbury Township, 235-6611.

— Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market South, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Springfield Township, 428-2036.

— Brown’s Market North, 3100 North George Street, Emigsville, 767-4142.

— Raab Fruit Farms, 209 Fruitlyn Drive, York Township, 244-7157.

— Markey’s Roadside Market, 2794 S. Queen St., York Township, 741-1864.

— Lehman’s Orchard and Roadside Market, 1918 Powder Mill Road, York Township, 741-3704.

— Fitz Brothers Farms, 2670 Springwood Road, York Township, 741-0246.

— Kenmar Farms, 335 Indian Rock Dam Road, York Township, 741-0708.

— J-Mar Farms, 2306 S. George St., York Township, 741-4767.

— J- Mar Farms, 1736 Camp Betty Washington Road, York Township, 755-0777.

— Twin Pine Farms, 1428 Seven Valleys Road, North Codorus Township, 792-1730.

— Ilyes Produce Stand, Days Mill Rd, one mile east of New Salem, North Codorus Township, 968-6826.

— Forge Hill Orchards, 135 Blossom Drive, East Manchester Township, 266-1206.

— Lehman’s Roadside Market, 259 Cool Springs Road, Hellam Township, 252-2162.

— Flinchbaugh’s Farm Market, 100 Ducktown Road, Hellam Township, 252-2540.

— Barefoot Farm, 6621 Bluebird lane, Dover, Township, 292-1390.

— Fitz’s Windsor Road Farm, 510 Windsor Road, Windsor, 755-5729.

— New Eastern Market, 201 Memory Lane, Springettsbury Township, 755-5811.

— Morningstar Marketplace, 5309 Lincoln Highway West, Jackson Township, 792-9949.

— Whitcomb’s Produce, 2410 Roosevelt Avenue, West Manchester Township, 767-4742.

— Central Market House, 34 E. Philadelphia St., York, 848-2243.

— Farmer’s Market, 380 W. Market St. York, 848-1402.

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