CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine's mild winter and rainy spring could have damaged strawberry crops this year... but The University of Maine's small fruit specialist says now is the time to pick.
"Now that we have a stretch of sunny weather, these are going to be ripening up very quickly... I think this will get us through the fourth of July but certainly I would tell people not to delay if they have some big demands for strawberries and they want to make a lot of jam or have strawberry festivals or want to freeze some," says David Handley.
Also be sure to check your local strawberry farm for ripeness. David says the crops maturity can depend on weather variations in different parts of Maine.