The time is ripe for strawberries.

Among those excited are the employees at Monroe's Orchard & Farm Market, where Sunday is the first day of strawberry picking.

Sue Monroe, co-owner of Monroe Farm, said strawberry season typically starts in mid-June.

Their "U-pick" strawberries are distributed on a first come first serve basis and will continue to be sold as they ripen throughout the remainder of berry season.

Doors open at 8 a.m. for the season.

It's also a wonderful time for families to get together and enjoy the beginning of summer.