HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A sweet stroll through the strawberry patch.
“Head to the Hindinger’s. Strawberries are ready,” said Ann Hindinger.
That’s what we went to find out at Hamden’s Hindinger Farm. Family owned since 1893.
“Working with the weather, I’d like to be in control of everything,” said farm manager, George Hindinger.
If he could control it, he would add a little more sunshine and a little less rain this month.
“Strawberry season was a little slow coming out of the gate, but we’re really starting to catch up,” said George.
George says he has about four acres of strawberry plants and last week he kept watching, hoping they would turn ruby red.
“I kept looking but you know how a watched pot never boils. I had to stop looking for a while,” said George.
That’s because he says the season is about 2 weeks late. They just started to turn.
“Some berries that are half green, half red, and then these berries that are all red,” said George. “So now would be a great time for it to be a little drier, a little warmer and a little sunnier. Strawberries love that.”
Their customers do to, knowing there’s a small window for nature’s summer candy.
“People wait. It’s a short season. So, the rush is quite tremendous. It lasts about 3 weeks,” said Ann Hindinger.
It’s what keeps their regulars coming back.
“It’s great. It’s like the first thing of the season, you know? That you can eat and enjoy,” said Hamden’s Bobby Brown. “It’s a long time I’ve been coming here, about 40 years, 50 years, something like that.”
The Hindinger Farm’s Strawberry Festival is June 17th. They expect the crop to be ripe.