Devinder Maan of Maan Farms says strawberries are quickly ripening now after winter had pushed back the early harvests seen in recent years. Photo: Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News

VIDEO: Strawberry season returns in Fraser Valley

After early harvests in recent years, winter pushed crops back to June

Strawberry season has begun.

In recent years, warm springs have accelerated berry growth and brought the first harvests into late May. This year, though, a snowy winter and cool spring has pushed harvests of the first berry crop back, growers say.

Pickers were out harvesting fruit this week and those berries are now for sale at local berry operations.

Although the winter’s cold has slowed the growth, the recent weather – with temperatures pushing into the high-20s – have given the crops a final push, Devinder Maan of Maan Farms said.

After picking for their own operation throughout this week, the Vye Road farm will be opening its U-pick field on Friday.

“The last two days have been lots of heat, so it’s definitely helping the farmers,” Maan said. “It’s going well, definitely the weather is helping us. It’s on our side.”

Dan Neufeld, who operates Neufeld farms, said he had been worried that the spring’s overcast skies and rain would lead to a less-than-optimal crop. That hasn’t been the case, though.

“We’re pleasantly surprised they’re doing as well as they have been because the weather was suspect,” he said.

Just Posted

Fire reported after five people observed throwing rocks through windows of business

Blaze broke out early Friday morning on Bourquin Crescent West in Abbotsford

Woman charged with attempted murder after Mission assault

Victim in hospital in stable condition after Maple Ridge woman allegedly attacks him

Holiday charity campaigns underway in Abbotsford

Christmas Bureau, Salvation Army and Cyrus Centre hope to reach fundraising goals

Police investigate apparent impaired-driving crash

Incident took place in Abbotsford on Thursday night

Permanent memorial at site of Abbotsford officer’s shooting

Memories remain for those working at shopping centre where Const. John Davidson was gunned down

SLIDESHOW: Championship Saturday set for Abbotsford Police City Basketball Tournament

Action from Thursday, plus details on all the games set for Columbia Bible College

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

UPDATED: Train collides with car in Maple Ridge

Mother and child both uninjured, track cleared at 11 a.m.

Accused B.C. drug smuggler to be extradited

Supreme Court of Canada upholds extradition order for accused Shuswap drug smuggler, Colin Martin

One convicted, two cleared in 2014 deaths of men in B.C.’s Cariboo

Andrew Jongbloets convicted of manslaughter in deaths of Matthew Hennigar, 23 and Kalvin Andy, 22

VIDEO: Pedestrian struck by vehicle caught on security camera

Incident points to danger on the roads not only in low light but also in bright sunshine

Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze

This is second death linked to the Thomas fire, northwest of Los Angeles

Most Read