If you’re a fan of Fraser Valley berries, you’re going to have to wait a little longer this year.
University of the Fraser Valley farm expert Tom Baumann says the long, cool winter has the plants running significantly behind schedule.
“Incredibly late compared to last year and 2015 also. We’re probably about a week to two behind a normal year. So we should be seeing blooms on the blueberries already, but we haven’t seen them yet.”
Baumann says strawberries could be ready by mid-June, but we’ll have to wait until mid and late July for blueberries and raspberries.
On the bright side, Baumann says farmers are likely out of the woods as far as cold damage goes.
“We’re probably four to five weeks behind what we had in 2015 and 2016. So we’ll have to wait ever so much longer for getting that abundance of wonderful local produced fruit, but it’s coming.”
Baumann says the big worry now is too much rain, which is weakening root structures and could cause problems if we get a sudden blast of heat.