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Photos by Kiowa Wieser-Matthews/FOCUS Area strawberry fields opened last week, revealing luscious crops and drawing in hundreds of happy pickers. Pictured are Damon Eide and Somjai Miller, left, and Lisa Eide and Julian Matter, right, of Fergus Falls, at Herzog’s Berries, near Underwood. The short picking season is expected to end early next week.

Berry nice! Cool spring produces a top crop of strawberries

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People are gathering from far and wide at area berry farms for the short but fruitful strawberry season in Otter Tail County.

The harvest began on July 1, and is expected to last into early next week.

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There are two berry farms nearby – Herzog’s Berries, overlooking West Lost Lake in Underwood, and Moll’s Berry Farm south of Ottertail, along Minnesota Highway 78.

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