Des Moines, Iowa – Iowans are starting to see locally-grown strawberries appearing in their grocery stores’ produce aisles and at farmers markets. Tammy Stotts, spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Agriculture, says many strawberry growers across the state are predicting a bumper crop, though there had been some concern several weeks ago.
Some Iowa growers who offer to let consumers pick their own berries have already opened their gates, though Stotts notes, this type of berry has a short shelf life.
While some growers are offering fresh berries now, others may be a few weeks away yet, as harvest times vary across the state, given the varied climate.
Strawberries are low in calories, fat-free and they’re a good source of vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and fiber. Find strawberry growers across Iowa in the Fruit and Vegetable Farms Directory here.