GILL — It’s strawberry season in western Massachusetts, and farmers are encouraged by the early yield.

Thanks to unseasonably warm weather recently, the strawberries are slightly early and growers in Montague, Sunderland, Gill. and Whately have begun picking this year’s crop.

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Montague’s Red Fire Farm has been picking strawberries for the past three weeks.

Sorrel Hatch at Upinngil Farm in Gill tells the Recorder he may open pick-your-own operations as soon as Sunday.

Other growers are aiming for next weekend.

At Nourse Farms in Whately, Tim Nourse said his 12 acres of strawberries will probably not be ready this weekend, and he expects to start picking next week. The pick-your-own fields may be ready for the following weekend, depending on the weather.