Locally grown strawberries have been slow to make an appearance in Sudbury this year, thanks to a cool, wet spring.

And while the operator of Emiry's Berry Patch near Massey affirms the berry season is a bit behind schedule, Alan Emiry is still hopeful for a good crop.

"I am seeing a little bit of spoilage started in places in the patch," he said.

"But it's manageable. I think that's just a weather issue. You just have to go with the flow and hope things work out."

Emiry noted wet weather can cause mould in strawberry plants, but "the berries are ripening."

"I've eaten some delicious ripe berries in the last few days and we expect there will be enough to open to the public by the end of the week."

This year’s wet, cold weather is an about face from last year's season, which was a challenge because it was too hot and dry, Emiry said.