Poor weather delays release of numerous locally grown foods

By Ian Holmes
June 6, 2017 - 6:22pm Updated: June 7, 2017 - 10:48am

Poor weather delayed the growth of weather reliant berries throughout the province. Pixabay

NANAIMO — A harsh winter, followed by a cold and soggy spring is delaying the release of a number of key farmers' market fixtures around the province.

BC Association of Farmers' Markets (BCAFM) executive director Heather O'Hara told NanaimoNewsNOW hot weather crops like several kinds of berries, as well as tomatoes and eggplant won't be ready until later in the summer.

“It's about a three-to-six week delay because of the cold and especially the wet weather that we had this spring,” O'Hara said.

She noted crops that flourish in the cold, like lettuce, kale, spinach and radish, are widely available.

O'Hara said improved technology has allowed farmers to soften the blow of wild weather swings. She said varying temperatures for crops and improved drainage techniques come in handy for many farmers.

“They are an innovative and inventive bunch in terms of getting things growing faster and longer throughout the season.”

The BCAFM is now 147 members strong — a majority being seasonal offerings, according to O'Hara.

Besides fruits and vegetables, many farmers' markets also include items like homemade jams, pickled goods, breads and art work.

There are three farmers' markets in the Nanaimo area.

More information on the BCAFM can be found here.

 

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