Virginia strawberry season arriving on the late side, but a sweet bumper crop forecast

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RICHMOND, Virginia — A cooler late April will delay the arrival of Virginia's strawberry crop by a couple weeks, but many growers are predicting a bumper crop.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the delay of the berry isn't a bad thing. The cooler temperatures delaying the crop also make the berries sweeter.

The department now expects the state's strawberry season to arrive throughout May, depending on the region of the state. The earliest arrivals will be in southeastern Virginia, where the temperatures are milder.

Virginia has 263 strawberry growers. Many of the larger-scale berry producers are in the Tidewater region.

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