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New Brunswick farmer faces short strawberry supply after cold spring

A New Brunswick strawberry farmer has been dealing with the consequences of a cold, rainy spring that brought plenty of flooding.

Brian Walker, owner of Walker’s Strawberry Farm, told the Telegraph Journal that he estimates his farm has about a quarter of the strawberries it did last year.

“It’s just a total disaster,” he said. “There’s tons of weeds, no berries and it’s not a very pretty picture.”

Walker hosts strawberry picking on his farm, open to the public.

He said it usually starts running in early July, but this year he’s pushed back the start date about 10 days because the weather has hindered his farm’s progress.

“It was such a cold, wet spring that nothing grew and so it’s just delayed the harvest by that much,” he said.

Walker added that because he has fewer strawberries, he’s thought about shortening his farm’s hours so that it is only open to the public from Monday to Wednesday. Previously, it was open every week day.

And while he’s had a difficult time this year, the Lower Millstream farmer said he’s planted two acres of strawberries up in the high ground of his field to shelter them from potential flooding that might occur in the upcoming spring.

“They’re looking good for next year, but (it’s a) long time between now and next year.”