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Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht picks the first strawberries of 2014 at Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market in Riverhead. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The first strawberries of 2014 were ripe for the picking at Garden of Eve organic farm & market in Riverhead on Tuesday.

Although the spring fruit is about ten days behind schedule this season, strawberry patches across the North Fork should soon be bursting with the bright red berry, said farm owner Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht.

“They will really start to come in soon,” Kaplan-Walbrecht said. “We just need it to be a little bit warmer.”

The crop peaks around mid to late June, just in time for the Mattituck Lions Club 60th annual strawberry festival. The fair is set for June 12 through 15.

If you can’t wait for the rest of the fruit to ripen, grab a strawberry lemonade at Harbes Family Farm to get your berry fix.

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