West Michigan is a wealth of tasty produce in the summer months, and one of the local favorites is strawberries.
While the weather hasn't been ideal for a bountiful strawberry crop, there are still plenty of strawberries to be picked at Krupp Farms in Comstock Park.
Days of intense heat combined with abnormally dry conditions have inhibited strawberry growth. Pair that with a few nights of frosty conditions and recent soaking rains, and the strawberry yield is about half of a typical season.
"We've had everything but the bad four letter word, the hail word," says Paul Krupp, owner of Krupp Farms. "That's the only one that we did not experience this year. We had all the other four tough ones so it's been a tough year."
Fortunately, the quieter, cooler weather will prolong the picking season.
"We'll be picking into next week," says Krupp.
In ample seasons and in sparse seasons, visitors have come out to the farm year after year for the u-pick strawberries.
"It's easy for the little kids to do and the kids like to see how much they can get so it's a nice thing for the range in ages that we have in our family," says one visitor.
The farm also offers asparagus and raspberries earlier in the spring.
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