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Local strawberries ready for picking at Biringer Farm

 

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From back, Dianna Biringer, Mike Biringer and Melody Biringer show off some of the fresh strawberries now available at Biringer Farm in Arlington

A cool, soaking wet winter didn't stop local strawberries from ripening on time, and berries are ripe for the picking at Biringer Farm where the Farm Market and Berry Barn are now open.

The past six months have been what news reports say are some of the wettest on record. However, local strawberries are now ripening despite the inclement weather.

"Even with the cold weather, things will still grow, just not quite as fast," said Mike Biringer, owner of Arlington's Biringer Farm, which is the largest grower of strawberries in the Marysville area. He said the strawberries are ready to be picked, just in time for Marysville's annual Strawberry Festival.

The cold, wet weather had put Biringer strawberries back on a typical schedule, Mike's wife, Dianna, said, adding the early months of abnormally warm weather during each of the past two years led to the berries ripening early. The first strawberries in 2016 were ready to be picked by May 20.

Biringer Farm, which first started growing strawberries from their original Marysville farm in 1948, spent decades on Spencer Island before moving to their current home off Highway 531 near Arlington about 11 years ago.

The farm grows about 17 acres of strawberries, 17 acres of raspberries along with some tayberries and blackberries on a 60-acre property the Biringers have leased.

"It's been a little bit on the wet side," Mike said earlier in May about the conditions of the farm fields.

The region has endured one of the wettest periods on record. According to weather.com, the Seattle area saw 44.69 inches of rain fall from October through April, which broke last year's record setting rainfall of 44.52 inches. The average rainfall from October through April is 30.9 inches. The Seattle area saw 144 days of measurable precipitation, which is higher than the average of 113 days.

Biringer Farm grows three types of strawberries - Sweet Sunrise will be ripe in early-mid June, Puget Crimson will be ripe in mid-to-late June and Tillamook will be ripe in mid-to-late June.

The farm also grows three types of raspberries - Tulamine, which is their main variety, Malahat and Coho.

The Farm Market hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Biringer Farm posts regular berry updates on their website. For more information, go to http://www.biringerfarm.com. Biringer Farm is located at 21412 59th Ave. NE, Arlington

 

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