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Betty Abbott positions an owl scarecrow in Abbie's Acres Berry Farm east of Bemidji. She and her husband, Steve, left, have been in the U-Pick business for strawberries and raspberries for about four years. As is the case with other area U-Pick berry patches - Ter-Lee Gardens near Bagley and Mistic Berry Farm in Nebish - the strawberries are just beginning to ripen. (Monte Draper/Bemidji Pioneer)

Cool weather delays strawberrry picking time

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BEMIDJI - Strawberry shortcake won't be on the menu for the Fourth of July, at least not with local berries.

"With all this cool, it's just been slow," said Betty Abbott, owner with her husband, Steve, of Abbie's Acres Berry Farm east of Bemidji. "As a farmer, you're at the mercy of the weather."

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