New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher (left), Specca Farms owner Dave Specca and his son, Stephen Specca, who runs the daily farm operation, show their 2019 spring season strawberries. ( Courtesy of New Jersey Department of Agriculture )

The window for ripe-picked Jersey Fresh strawberries has opened, but it’s a small window, said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher.

The secretary visited Specca Farms in Springfield Township in Burlington County May 16 to highlight the Jersey Fresh strawberry season.

“Jersey Fresh strawberries are picked ripe, and the taste is second to none. If you want them, now is the time as the season will come to a close in a few weeks,” Fisher said in a news release.

The state’s strawberries are available at farmers markets, local farm stands and pick-your-own farms. Harvesting of the spring crop began in early May and should continue through mid-June.

Specca Farms grows three acres of Rutgers Scarlet, Chandler, Flavor Fest, and Sweet Charlie varieties.

To find Jersey Fresh strawberries, recipes that use strawberries, and other Jersey Fresh products at farm markets or pick-your-own farms, visit www.findjerseyfresh.com.

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