Posted on Friday July 12, 2019 at 11:30 a.m
Late harvest for strawberries
Strawberry fans in Prescott-Russell had to wait a bit for this season’s crop to ripen but Nature’s sweet summer treat is ready for picking now.
“Overall, I think it’s
going to be a good crop,” said Jacques Lamoureux, owner-operator of
Jardins Lamoureux in Champlain Township, one of the largest berry and
vegetable farms in the region.
Lamoureux maintains four fresh fruit and vegetable stands in Prescott and Glengarry counties and also has a “pick you own” operation for locals and tourists at his berry farm on Highway 34.
The unseasonal wet weather throughout June followed by the early July heat wave affected the normal growth and ripening period for strawberries. But berry farmers in the region expect a decent harvest of strawberries, along with raspberries and blueberries, by the end of the summer.
“This year I am impressed,” said Jacques Duquette of Fraiserie Duquette in Clarence Creek. “It’s a good crop. Even with the hot weather, the berries are very nice.”