Lingering cold temperatures, rain delay local farmers

Strawberries spring up at William's Farm in Cicero.

Central New York farmers are still feeling winterâ??s grip. Below average temperatures and numerous rainy days have made it impossible for farmers to start planting in waterlogged fields. The lingering cold has also set growth back on everything from berries to sweet corn to cabbage.

But not every farmer thinks thatâ??s such a bad thing.

â??I think itâ??s an advantage having our berries a little later than California,â?? said Sam Tassone, owner of Williamâ??s Farm in Cicero. â??I like to have our berries through July so coming later is a good thing for us.â??

Though crops are behind at this time, a warm up in May could set everything right back on course. And barring any significant plunges in temperatures, freezes or prolonged rains, you may just have to wait another week or two to buy local produce this year.