Strawberries are now ripe for the picking at farms across Ionia County.
IONIA — Strawberries are now ripe for the picking at farms across Ionia County.
The strawberry season opened up Friday at Hanulcik Farms, which sits on the corner of M-66 and Dildine Road, at 1425 N. State Road.
“We open today and strawberry season being like a short season, it’s typically three weeks, but we try to go four weeks whenever possible, if the weather will permit it,” Owner Alex Hanulcik said. “This year we’re a little early, in fact it caught us by surprise.”
Hanulcik has run the farm since 1995 and is part of a third generation family farm. His grandparents started planted strawberries and other fruit back in the 1930s. When Hanulcik’s dad got out of the service he was married and the couple bought another farm where they also started growing strawberries. Hanulcik said he entered into the family business after going to college.
“Farming is all dependent on the weather. Basically each year we go through this waiting game. We figure out what’s going to happen with the weather and when are there going to be enough berries for us to get out there and start picking to meet demand,” Hanulcik said.
He said the last few years have been later in June, but the drier conditions have made the berries riper faster. The next week the temperature is expected to be in the 90s, and he said that will make the picking excellent.
The farm is open seven days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
“With it being a short season it’s important…
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