Harvests of local fruits, veggies delayed due to unusually wet winter

The rain turned the fruit and veggie season almost upside-down for farmers and the shops that sell their products.

Shoppers heading to their local farmer’s market in search of fresh summer fruits and veggies may have to wait a little longer for some items.

Farmers in Washington were been forced to delay their spring harvest this year due to an unusually wet and cold winter, according to data from the USDA.

Early summer seasons, over the last few years, made summertime favorites available earlier than expected, explains Nina Gruber, outreach and development coordinator for Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets.

Gruber said after a few weeks delay, strawberries will show up this week at their markets. Green beans, asparagus, and snap peas started arriving two weeks ago.

Lettuce and other greens are also available, though delayed for a short time due to the weather. Farmers wanted to wait for these vegetables to grow to optimal levels before they started harvesting, said Gruber.

The unusual weather is expected to produce a record breaking cherry crop this year. Harvesting for cherries begins in June and ends in August. 

This story has been change from an earlier version with corrected delay information.

 

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