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P.E.I. strawberries just coming now, about a week late

The president of the P.E.I. Strawberry Growers Association says the first of the island berries are just coming on now, about a week later than usual.

Strawberry growers president hopes warm weather forecast for the next few days holds true

Islanders are just starting to enjoy the first strawberries of the season. (Kevin Yarr/CBC)

The president of the P.E.I. Strawberry Growers Association says the first of the Island berries are just coming on now. 

Arnold Nabuurs notes that's about a week later than usual.

"We are on the cusp of another season. The first berries are just starting to ripen in my field anyway. I got an email from a colleague this morning showing me a box of nice, ripe fruit, which I'm sure he had to walk a little distance to get," said Nabuurs.

"Things are just getting started. I expect next week there should be some fruit around. It is at least a week off. It is because of the tremendous amount of snow we had, which delayed the ground warming up in the spring and then continued cool weather through May and June."

Nabuurs is hoping the forecast warm weather for the next few days will hold true. 

He said that would be perfect for the strawberries at this point in the growing cycle.

He said once the berries are ripe, dry weather is needed to prevent spoilage in the field.

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