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Joe Conlin and his daughter, Maggie, 18 months, sifted through strawberry bushes Wednesday at Afton Apple Orchard on the hunt for the perfect berries. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)

Strawberries ripe for the picking at Afton Apple Orchard

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A sea of small red berries attracted dozens of pickers Wednesday for the second full day of the summer strawberry season at Afton Apple Orchard.


Starting about a week later than usual, the orchard’s owner, Cindy Femling, said the unseasonably cold winter and recent heavy rainfall has slightly affected the strawberry crop. However, she said she anticipates a full four-week season.

“We’re excited to get this going for another season,” Cindy said.

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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