Qld strawberry season strong after 'more normal' spring

The Queensland summer strawberry season is well under way, with the Stanthorpe region now supporting seven large growers including Pinata Farms. “It’s our second season here, volume is expected to be between 60,000 and 100,000 tonnes, from now through to May,” says Farm Manager Sean Riley. "We've had a more normal spring, it hasn't been too wet or too hot too early like it was in this area last year."
 
Prices are holding strong off the back of a good season on the Sunshine Coast, says Mr Riley, and the return to the farm in only its second season growing in Applethorpe, near Stanthorpe, is around $3 per punnet.
 
The strawberries are in full stream from Pinata Farms with high sugar and great size. “We are expecting a great growing season and to date have had very little issues regarding weather. With the predicted El Niño we should produce great quality fruit,” says Mr Riley. The farm will employ 60-80 backpacker and local seasonal workers during the peak harvest months.
 
We will pick fruit right through to May 2016 sending our fruit as far south as Sydney and as far north as Townsville
 
For more information

Sean Riley, Farm Manager for Strawberries
Pinata Farms
Phone: + 61 (0)7 5497 4295



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