CAPE ELIZABETH (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- Strawberry season is coming in the middle of a dry spell that could turn into another drought.

In southern Maine, it's the third driest May through early June on record, with only 1.24 inches of rain in Portland between May 1 and June 12.

While the lack of rain may be bad news for your lawn or home garden, Bill Bamford at Maxwell's Farm in Cape Elizabeth says it's a positive for his strawberries.

"It's easier for us to manage, there's a little less stress involved," Bamford says, due to their irrigation systems.

Right now, a few of the strawberries are ripe and ready. With just a couple more weeks of sun, the crop will be peaking by the end of the month.

The Cape Farm Alliance's Strawberry Festival Weekend, set for June 29 and 30, should be timed well this year. Maxwell's Farm hosts the family festival on Saturday.