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Île-Perrot farmer loses crops after partially losing fight with frost

Phil Quinn of Quinn Farm on Île-Perrot already knows many of his strawberry crops are a total loss. The co-owner of Quinn Farm and his team worked day and night to protect the crops at the farm after a frost advisory went into effect last week, but Quinn said there are still some losses, probably some 50 per cent of his strawberries.

Last week, Quinn and his team set up about two dozen smudge fires to protect his apple orchards from frost, which successfully saved them. Quinn said the farm saw losses in some blueberry and asparagus crops, but the strawberries were the biggest loss. Usually, the fruit is available for u-pick and is sold in the farm’s store. He estimates about a $75,000 loss of product and around $300,000 lost from admission fees.


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