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Lowcountry strawberry crop blooming early

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ST. HELENA ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

Good news for strawberry lovers! Recent warm weather has caused them to blossom ahead of its normal season, and Dempsey Farms on St. Helena is already seeing the demand. 

Harvesting for strawberries usually runs from early April through late May, but at Dempsey Farms, people have been picking them since February, when hot temperatures caused the fruit to sprout early. Farmers are hoping harvesting will run through May after winter weather threatened the crop. 

"We probably lost about 20 or 30 percent of the berries that were on the vine at the time, and we came and cleaned a lot of them off, and now we have more blossoms and berries growing, so it won't affect those. It affected those already on the bush," said Davis Dempsey, Dempsey Farms, U-Pick Strawberries. 

Don't worry, there are plenty of strawberries left for the picking. Dempsey's is open every other day. They say the day off allows the berries to ripen and really develop the flavor. You can reach them at 843.838.3656.

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