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Due to the climate, it’s not often that Genesee County residents can eat strawberries grown right here, especially this early in the year; but starting Wednesday, Harrington’s Produce on Clinton Street Road in Batavia will be offering locally grown strawberries.

Pudgie Riner, owner of Triple P Farms in Oakfield, says came across a picture online of a farmer in Denmark growing strawberries from hanging baskets in a hothouse. Soon, he realized he could do the same locally.

“The concern is now," Riner said, "if we have fresh strawberries from New York, then no one’s going to believe us. These really are grown right here – they aren’t from Florida; they aren’t from California. They’re in the same varieties that we’re used to eating from the ground, and these are in a basket.”

Riner has 5,000 pots and hopes to get 5,000 quarts of strawberries.

Story originally appearing on our news partner, The Batavian

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