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Strawberry fields in the Valley won't last forever

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CANFIELD, Ohio -
Though shoppers can find strawberries in their local produce aisles, local berry crops are ready for the picking.

This June's crop at White House Fruit Farm in Canfield is expected to last up until the 4th of July.

The relentless winter did damage some fruit crops, but strawberries growing in the Valley survived.

"Not only were they insulated by straw, but they were insulated by the amount of snow pack we had," David Hull says, of White House Fruit Farm. 

The Canfield farm dates back to 1920, but it wasn't until the mid 80s that Hull's grandfather began growing strawberries.

While they've tended to this June crop for three decades, Hull says each season has the potential to bring new challenges.  "It's always a learning process, it's an up and down business," he says. "Sometimes it's really, really good, and other times you've got your issues."

Typically four varieties grow in the Midwest. The trick on getting them home in good condition is all in the way you pick them.  "The key is to no really put pressure on the berry with your fingertips," Hull explains. "The key is to snap the stem with your thumb."

The taste of this season can only be harvested for the next three weeks. 
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