With winter’s icy grip finally, or at least mostly, thawed by spring, activity is starting to pick up at area farms.

In Wayne, at Stevenson’s Strawberries, that means planting berry plants, as Ford Stevenson, Alice Berry and Pam Allen did Sunday.

Stevenson said the plants already in the ground there came through the winter fine, in part because there was plenty of snow on the ground to protect them from the cold this winter. He said harvest time may come a bit later this year than it has in recent years, because of the later arrival of warmer weather.

Sunday they planted a new type of strawberry plant, a “day neutral” plant which, once it starts blooming, is expected to keep blooming for the rest of the summer. Most strawberries bloom just once, typically from late June through mid-July.

The new plants, which Stevenson said they’re trying for the first time, grow less fruit per plant but produce over longer periods of time. He said they’ll use the plants to supply berries to their farm stand.

In Pittston, meanwhile, farmers Vickie and Joe Hyde had 13 sheep in their flock shaved Saturday by Emily Garnett, a sheerer from Jefferson. The couple waited until late spring to remove the wool from their sheep because of the cold weather.

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