MONCLOVA, Ohio — Families are flocking to Stevens Gardens in Monclova where there is now more to see than the animals.
Strawberries are finally available after local harvest was delayed by about three weeks.
"They're a lot sweeter than if you bought them from the store," Ally Meyers said.
Her sister, Katelyn Meyers said, "They're very juicy and soft."
Steven Gardens said the harvest was nearly a month behind, but the crop is worth the wait.
"Today we have berries. We actually started picking yesterday. We have some big, beautiful berries. They're looking really good right now," Steven Gardebs co-owner, Debbie Stevens-Laux, said.
Like most Ohio farms, planting for all summer and fall produce came late for Stevens Gardens, and it certainly hasn't been a typical season.
"We had to skip some ground. We went for all of the high ground, so we're probably going to have to waste some ground this year which we have never done before. We don't leave ground go. The only thing we haven't planted yet is our field corn and our corn maze," Stevens-Laux said.
The strawberries are flying off the shelves so quickly at the farm, there simply aren't enough for the You-Pick season to start, but hopefully families will be able to get out into the fields next week.
"We're just waiting for us to have enough berries for us to supply the demand and have extra and then we'll open for you-pick, but we're just not there yet," Stevens-Laux said.
Stevens Gardens said there are no guarantees in farming and all eyes are on the forecast, but hopefully this year's strawberry season will go about three weeks.
You can get them at the farm or at Sylvania, Bowling Green and Perrysburg Farmer's Markets.
"Buy local. Support the farmers this year. It's a rough one," Stevens-Laux said.
Stevens Gardens said to check its Facebook page for hours because strawberry availability differs every day.
Whittaker's Berry Farm in Ida, Michigan, started its You-Pick season Wednesday.