Canada: Central Saanich strawberry farmer reports bumper crop

Residents on the Saanich Peninsula -north of Victoria, British Columbia- looking for locally grown strawberries will be in for a treat.

Satnam Dheensaw, whose family owns Gobind Farms in Central Saanich, says he is having a bumper crop: “You should be able to find local strawberries in every grocery store right now. If they are not there, well, there is a problem. So ask your store manager, your produce department, if they have local berries.”

The strawberry picking season started on May 22 and Dheensaw predicts that it will continue until mid-to-late October, depending on the weather. Once, though, his farm picked strawberries into early November.

Gobind Farms grows strawberries on 5.5 of its 32 ha, picking anywhere between 1,500 to 2,500 pounds of strawberries per day over the course of the growing season. This said, the daily harvest can exceed the upper range, especially early in the season, approaching 3,000 pounds per day.

Vicnews.com explains what accounts for the bumper crop? Despite some rain in July, the growing season has been good, he said. “The growing season has been good, the weather has been good, it hasn’t been overly hot. We haven’t had any serious heat waves. That damages all the fruit.” Depending on the season, strawberries account for about 60 per cent of the fruit production at Gobind Farms with fruit accounting for 50 per cent of all production.


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