Local strawberry farmers pleased with this years crop
TRURO - Farmers across the county are predicting a successful strawberry season.
"I think we're going to have a phenomenal year," said Jim Lorraine, owner of Riverbreeze Strawberries. "We are going to have a lot of happy customers."
Lorraine's crop is bigger and better than ever this year.
"Prices will be about the same as last year," he said. "Our U-pick should be up and running in late June."
Lorraine's product is sold locally from his market on Onslow Road.
"It's what feeds our family too," said the farmer who takes pride in his accomplishments.
Lorraine's farm lies on river bottom land and he credits part of his success to the soil mixed with gravel that his crops are planted in.
The local farmer will also be producing a fall strawberry this year, and hopes customers realize that when they purchase their berries in the fall, they aren't being brought in from California.
"They are still being grown right here," he said.
Also excited for this season's crop is Curtis Millen of Millen Farms in Great Village, who anticipates more than a month of strawberries this summer.
"Everything is looking good so far," he said. "We're in pretty good shape."
Millen sells his berries to larger grocery chains like Sobeys, and feels they have always been fair to local farmers.
"They've been very good with me. They can't please all growers but they are a very fair chain."
Both farmers will begin their season sometime next weekend.