Summer’s come early again to the Lower Mainland, and it looks like the Fraser Valley is on track for another early harvest.
Rhonda Driediger of Langley’s Driediger farms says local strawberries could be hitting the shelves by next week.
“You’ll start to see those coming in, not this weekend but possibly the next.”
“It does look like a repeat of last year. We might be slightly later but if we keep getting these week long two week long heat waves than we are speeding up a little faster than we anticipated a month ago.”
Last year’s early, hot, dry summer pushed all of her crops ahead, with the unusual result of three berry crops maturing at once.
She says it looks like they’re in store for the same this year.
“Oh yes. Yes. So the raspberries are just coming into blossom now. I definitely think June you’re going to see all three berries again, Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.”
Driediger says farmers are constantly adapting to the conditions, and after last year many have installed more drip irrigation.
But she’s crossing her fingers another early summer doesn’t include a repeat of last year’s drought.