Warm weather over the last week has brought strawberry farms plenty of work and the peak season for locally grown sweet strawberries for eating - and even jam - has now arrived.
On Thursday morning, Otsa farm, close to Rakvere, saw its best daily harvest of the year - 50 kilograms of strawberries, ETV's daily affairs show "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported on Thursday.
The owners of Otsa farm, Milvi and Valdur, said the first harvest of the year came on June 21: "We got a couple tens of kilograms of berries before Jaanipäev (June 24). That was a surprise for us."
Walking the fields makes it obvious that the season for strawberries has arrived, warm weathers over the last week have undoubtedly also helped. But the beaming sun can also damage the berries. Milvi and Valdur said the berries ripen too quickly and stay small.
There are various types of strawberries growing at Otsa farm - Sonata, Polka, and Aasia.
The farmers say Polka is most popular: "It is the main one people want because it's sweet and can also be turned into jam. Because the sun is cooking the berries, strawberries for jam can most likely be bought next week."
However, one must not wait too long before buying strawberries. The first calls inquiring about the availability were made to Otsa farm two months ago.
The price of strawberries at Otsa farm is more or less equal to the Rakvere market average at €7/kg. A kilogram of strawberries at Tartu costs €4/kg and in Tallinn, the price is €5.5/kg on average.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste