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A Merrill family farm faces some challenges with their crop long winterSubmitted: 05/24/2018

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MERRILL - Working on a berry farm takes a lot of patience.

"I've been doing it for over 30 years and seems like there's never a year that is the same," said Engleberry Farm owner Michael Matushak.

Driving down highway 107 in Merrill you'll come across six acres of strawberries fields.

But walking through the strawberry fields, you won't find one berry in sight.

"The year is late to start. We are about ten days late," said Matushak.

This year's long, late season snow pushed back the strawberry season.

"A lot of people don't think there's much to do but there's so much prep that goes into just starting our season," said Mike's daughter, Marissa Matushak.

Marissa and her family work year round for just three weeks of harvesting.

Even though the strawberries are a little behind, Michael understands good things come to those who wait.

"When you're picking them fresh and taking them home, I think you're getting a better product," said Michael.

The Engleberry Farm plans to open in the next few weeks. You can call the farm at 715-536-9091.

Story By: Erin Beu

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