Under a 2-year-old arrangement, members of the New York State Berry Growers Association get to test drive advanced selections from Courtney Weber's breeding program at Cornell University.
The latest model available to association growers is NY01-16, a very large early mid-season strawberry, according to a Cornell newsletter.
The fruit were almost 2 ounces without irrigation, and subsequent fruit hold their size well.
The fruit have very aromatic flavor, are slightly dark red, firm and have an attractive conical shape.
In 2013, the variety started fruiting on June 4, about one week before Jewel, and continued until about July 1.
Even if you're not an association member, you can sign up to become one by April 1 and still participate in this test drive.
Download a membership form by clicking here.
Once membership is confirmed, association executive secretary Paul Baker will need your address, your shipping address and requested shipping date for plant material.
In addition to membership, participants also must submit a one-page site report and fruit-plant evaluation form to the Berry Growers Association. The data will be forwarded to Cornell's Small Fruit Breeding Program.
For more information, email Paul Baker.