The early summer has meant more than just an early fire season. It’s also meant a blitz in the berry fields.
Rhonda Driediger – owner of Langley’s Dreidiger farms says this is among fastest starts to a season she can remember.
“Very atypical. They haven’t had this early of a season since 2004. 2004 was our earliest on record.”
“June 6th we actually had strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries which is unheard of… it was crazy.”
She says the rush to market has been good for prices – but in some cases like the strawberry crop, the early heat caused havoc.
“The summer bearing months are finished and it was a record short crop, not just in time but in volume as well, there was virtually nothing.”
“It was crazy. Because it was so early and so warm, the plants didn’t get a chance to finish their growing – the heat was actually really damaging to the berries themselves.”
But while the strawberries are long gone – Driediger says blueberries are plentiful – some of them ripening a full month early.
Meaning if you want to get picking – now might just be the time.