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Strawberries fresh for the picking in Eastern Iowa

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Iowa grown strawberries are a great way to start the summer season and there is no better place to get your strawberry fix than at your local "You Pick" operation.

It's opening day at Heartland Farms and those eager to be the first to get fresh strawberries are already hard at work.

Larry Nuss made a trip from Cedar Falls to this farm north of Evansdale to be one of the first to pick fresh strawberries.

"Nothing like fresh strawberries, nothing against anything out of the store but they always have more flavor and they're fresh," said Nuss.

Owner of Heartland Farms, David Myers says it's normal to have people waiting for fresh fruit and vegetables.

"It's the same with sweet corn and other things," Myers.

Young and old take part and there are even guides to help you pick the right ones.

"They're green and a little small and even these red ones with a green tip on, you don't want those. The ones we're looking for like these right here. These are good and bright red," said guide, Mike Thompson.

It's a good business to be in, as strawberries are one of the world's most popular fruits, eaten by 94 percent of all U.S. households.

"It's the first fruit of the season and it's the most favorite flavor in the nation only second behind chocolate," said Myers.

Our recent warm temperatures could end up hurting this year's crop of strawberries. The normal picking season lasts between three or four weeks, but could be less if the temperatures stay in the 90's.

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