Strawberry season off to late start due to cold, wet weather

Strawberries are coming in late

Strawberries are coming in later than the last few years, even for farms that grow in a greenhouse.

“In my mind, we should have our first ones April 1. Last year, was really early, mid-March,” said the manager at Steffen Farm Logan Umbarger.

At Kruger’s Farm on Sauvie Island, the cold, wet months are still putting strawberries on hold.

“I’ve never seen so much water here, it was incredible,” said farmer Don Kruger.

People at the Portland farmer's market on Wednesday are wondering what gives.

“As soon as it starts to be warm you want strawberries,” said Megan Hornby

Kruger says the late season can be a stretch on the budget as he waits to start making a return on his investment.

But he says a late season can often be more profitable. The long wait creates a higher demand and better weather for picking.

“People are more ready. Strawberries are out in June when school is out. And people are thinking strawberries.”

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