Midwestern strawberry season kicks off summer for eager cooks | Food and Cooking

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Allison Teas of Hallsberry Farm displays strawberries picked at the Lick Creek farm. Teas said the berries are plentiful and flavorful this year.

LICK CREEK — Some consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start of summer. Berry lovers, however, look to the strawberry harvest instead.

The bright red delights are either available or will soon be ready in many patches throughout the Midwest. Growers here boast that fruit grown in home gardens or in small commercial patches are superior in many ways to that trucked in from California.

“These are really good this year,”