By Matthew McCully – While the season was off to a bit of a late start, this year’s local strawberries are out and ripe and ready to eat. They are available at local stores and vegetable stands across the Townships. For those who prefer to handpick their own, accordong to the Quebec Farmer’s Union (UPA), the majority of the 15 U-pick farms in Estrie have opened their doors already or will within the next week. The directory of U-pick sites in the province is available on lesfraichesduquebec.com. Raspberries are expected to ripen by mid-July. See full story in the Thursday, July 4 edition of The Record.